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Police and Community in ChicagoA Tale of Three Cities$
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Wesley G. Skogan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154580

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154580.001.0001

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Community Policing

Community Policing

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Police and Community in Chicago

Wesley G. Skogan

Oxford University Press

Community policing is the most important development in law enforcement in the past quarter century. Cities across the country report that they are moving toward this new model, which supplements traditional crime fighting with problem-solving and prevention-oriented approaches that emphasize the role of the public in helping set police priorities. This book uses Chicago as a laboratory to address several fundamental questions about the reality of community policing. First, can police departments—and especially big departments—really change? Second, can it work? What do cities that claim they are “doing community policing” actually do? Across the United States, community policing has proved to have three core strategic components: decentralization, citizen involvement, and problem solving. Chicago provides an important test of community policing because it consists of three groups: African Americans, Latinos, and whites. The book examines the effectiveness of community policing in addressing two of its more important targets: social disorder and physical decay.

Keywords:   Chicago, community policing, law enforcement, crime, police, decentralization, citizen involvement, problem solving, social disorder, physical decay

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