Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities

Paperback | January 1, 2010

byWesley G. Skogan

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Highly popular with both the public and political leaders, community policing is the most important development in law enforcement in the last twenty-five years. But does community policing really work? Can police departments fundamentally change their organization? Can neighborhood problemsbe solved? In the early 1990s, Chicago, the nation's third largest city, instituted the nation's largest community policing initiative. Wesley G. Skogan here provides the first comprehensive evaluation of that citywide program, examining its impact on crime, neighborhood residents, and the police.Based on the results of a thirteen-year study, including interviews, citywide surveys, and sophisticated statistical analyses, Police and Community in Chicago reveals a city divided among African-Americans, Whites, and Latinos. By looking at the varying effects community policing had on each ofthese groups, Skogan provides a valuable analysis of what works and why. As the use of community policing increases and issues related to race and immigration become more pressing, Police and Community in Chicago will serve the needs of an increasing amount of students, scholars, and professionalsinterested in the most effective and harmonious means of keeping communities safe.Winner of the 2007 Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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Highly popular with both the public and political leaders, community policing is the most important development in law enforcement in the last twenty-five years. But does community policing really work? Can police departments fundamentally change their organization? Can neighborhood problemsbe solved? In the early 1990s, Chicago, the n...

Wesley G. Skogan is Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. An expert on crime and policing, he is author of Community Policing, Chicago Style, and On the Beat: Police and Community Problem Solving , two books based on his years of studying Chicago's Alternativ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgments1. Community Policing2. Crime, Police and the Three Chicagos3. Reengineering the Police4. Involving the Community5. Representing the Community6. Tackling Neighborhood Problems7. Trends in Neighborhood Problems8. Trends in Crime and Fear9. Police and the Public10. How did Chicago Do?

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"Any study of this magnitude will produce a wealth of data. Thankfully, this one has also produced a book of balance and insight." --Law and Society Review