Police and Community in Chicago
A Tale of Three Cities
By (author) Wesley G. Skogan
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Police and Community in Chicago by Wesley G. Skogan
Book DescriptionIn 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. Each faced distinctive problems when community policing came to Chicago in 1993, and during the next decade the three communities took different routes. There were tremendous improvements in the citys predominately African-American districts, where crime and fear dropped the most. The city's largely white neighborhoods were already solidly behind the police, yet they too registered significant gains. Under pressure from immigration, the Latino population cleaved in two with predominately Spanish-speaking areas falling behind on multiple measures of crime, disorder and neighborhood decay. Immigration will only continue to grow both in Chicago and around the world. Skogan thus concludes his pathbreaking work with a challenge for the future: more effective ways of responding to the problems facing the city's newest immigrants must now be found.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195154580
(241mm x 164mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Wesley G. Skogan
Community Policing, Chicago Style, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by Wesley G. Skogan
At the beginning of the millennium, police departments are reinventing themselves, adopting a new style known as "community policing". Chicago made the transition, embarking on what is now the USA's largest community policing programme. This book looks in depth at all aspects of the programme.
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Author Biography - Wesley G. Skogan
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 Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). His research focuses on the interface between the public and the criminal justice system.
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