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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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Reengineering the Police

Reengineering the Police

(p.53) Three Reengineering the Police
Police and Community in Chicago

Wesley G. Skogan

Oxford University Press

Chicago's community-policing initiative was formally inaugurated in April 1993. Dubbed CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), the program was developed, tested, and refined over a fifteen-month period in five experimental districts. Community policing was eventually expanded to encompass all twenty-five police districts and to involve almost every city agency. By 1998, however, the program was dead in the water. A new generation of leaders within the police department saw an opportunity to implement new management initiatives aimed at revitalizing CAPS and other important aspects of the department. Among their solutions was the introduction of a management-accountability system resembling—on the surface—New York City's famous CompStat process. This chapter describes the program and examines the obstacles to making it work, along with the police department's struggle to overcome those obstacles. Chicago's program touched base with the three major elements that make up community-policing initiatives around the country: community involvement, problem solving, and reorganization.

Keywords:   Chicago, police, community policing, CAPS, management-accountability system, community involvement, problem solving, reorganization

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