Community Policing, Chicago Style (Studies in Crime and by Wesley G. Skogan, Susan M. Hartnett

By Wesley G. Skogan, Susan M. Hartnett

Police departments around the kingdom are busily "reinventing" themselves, adopting a brand new sort referred to as "community policing". This method of policing consists of organizational decentralization, new channels of conversation with the general public, a dedication to responding to what the group thinks their priorities should be, and the adoption of a wide problem-solving method of local matters. Police departments that reach adopting this new stance have a completely varied courting to the general public that they serve. Chicago made the transition, embarking on what's now the nation's greatest and such a lot notable group policing software. This e-book, the 1st to ascertain this kind of undertaking, appears to be like extensive in any respect elements of the program--why it was once followed, the way it was once followed, and the way good it has worked.

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5 times the rate in heavily white areas, and in Hispanic neighborhoods, it was four times the white rate. The disparate distribution of crime among the city's neighbor- Figure 2-1 Crime rates in black and Hispanic areas compared to rates for white areas. 24 • Community Policing, Chicago Style hoods was also illustrated in analytic crime maps we drew for each of the areas in which Chicago was about to launch its communitypolicing experiment. Only one of those is presented here, a map depicting the distribution of burglaries, violent crimes, and drug crimes in the 22d District.

It seemed vague to him, "wishy-washy," and appeared to be just a call for better police-community relations. By 1991, discussions of community policing were widespread, and some kind of program called community policing had been adopted in hundreds of American cities. However, this concept had not found root in Chicago, and no one of importance at City Hall even knew about this nationwide movement. At the police department, out-of-town visitors who expressed an interest in community policing were sent to a district where the commander was experimenting with his own program, without downtown support or interest.

City Hall was upset about the whole situation and took it as further evidence that the department was not very well managed. The number of experimental districts was finalized at a second summit meeting with the mayor. The consultants again lobbied for five districts, and the police for fewer. Although there was continued disagreement about the numbers of officers that could be freed for the program, the mayor decided to begin with the larger number. The department was asked to submit the names of ten prospective test districts, from which five would be chosen by City Hall.

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