Title: Eyes On The Street Community Policing in Chicago

Citation: Eig, Jonathan. (1996, November). The American Prospect, Inc, 29, 60-68.


Keywords: Chicago’s Model of Community Policing, Assessment of Community Policing, Police Reforms

The article describes Chicago’s community policing program experiment to reform the current law enforcement policy. The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) is considered by some criminal justice experts one of the best models established. This article provides how community policing works in two Chicago neighborhoods: Englewood and Rogers Park. The Chicago Police Department assigns their officers to a beat for a minimum of one year. This allows the officer to become familiar with the residents and it also allows the residents to become familiar with the officer. The community policing approach taking by the Chicago Police Department allows a connection between the residents and the officer. In the Englewood neighborhood there is often five shootings in a night. With establishing the connection between the officer and the community, residents can be very helpful after a shooting in identifying the shooter or serving as a witness. The two officers assigned to the neighborhoods believe that the social contact has paid off. According to Officer Black, an identification of a rapist was provided to her by a neighborhood connection. Officer Joe Cannon who was assigned to Rogers Park believes by establishing this connection with the neighborhoods community policing can help solve or prevent crime. The author also discussed concepts relating to community policing such as building trust in the neighborhood, whether community policing does reduce crime, the importance of community policing, an academic assessment of the program, and the qualified success of the program.

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