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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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Representing the Community

Representing the Community

(p.139) Five Representing the Community
Police and Community in Chicago

Wesley G. Skogan

Oxford University Press

In Chicago's community-policing model, beat meetings are the vehicle for grassroots consultation and collaboration between police and the community. At the meetings, the two sides are to come together to identify local priorities, discuss how both police and residents can best address them, and review their progress in doing so. This chapter explores two questions: Who is “the community” that is being represented? How well are they represented? The possibility that CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) participants would be unrepresentative of the community was encouraged by the way in which Chicago resolved the potentially complicated question of “Who is the community?” The chapter examines the relationship between the demographic representation of beats and the background of those who attend the meetings, including homeowners and Latinos. There was a limited correspondence between residents' views of crime and those of beat-meeting participants.

Keywords:   Chicago, police, community policing, CAPS, demographic representation, Latinos, homeowners, crime, beat meetings, community

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