How Did Chicago Do?

Wesley G. Skogan

in Police and Community in Chicago

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195154580
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944033 | DOI:


How Did Chicago Do?

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How did Chicago do after more than a decade of community policing? This chapter explores the most important challenges facing the city and its police department, to find out whether CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) was effective and how the city changed over a ten-year period. It revisits the data to see who benefited from community policing and to determine the distribution of outcomes by race. The first challenge facing the city was to actually implement the program and stick with it over the long haul. In 1996 and 1997, Chicago expanded its staff of civilian community-outreach workers charged with turning residents out for marches and rallies, and sustaining participation in beat meetings. Community involvement was a crucial factor in community policing. Surveys showed that, early on, crime was the number-one issue on Chicagoans' minds. Police focused on social disorder and physical decay, which previously had low priority. Things got better between African Americans and police, but confidence had also grown among whites. The city's Latinos presented the most daunting challenge to CAPS.

Keywords: Chicago; police; community policing; CAPS; crime; whites; Latinos; African Americans; community involvement; social disorder

Chapter.  7736 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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