Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies Essay

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Running head: CHICAGO ALTERNATIVE POLICING STRATEGIES Chicago Alternative Policing Strategies Starlith M. Adams University of Phoenix October 5, 2009 Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy Community policing is a popular strategy throughout the policing world. There are several takes on community policing and no one way is right. During the early nineties, in Chicago, crime rates were increasing, the public was living in fear, and the cops could not combat crime effectively. Trust and good relationships between the police and the community were slowly diminishing. The police department needed something to create a new partnership between the community and police. The result was the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). In 1993, under the supervision of Police Superintendent, Matt Rodriguez, CAPS was implemented. The city started CAPS in five of their twenty-five police districts, which were diversified economically, racially, and types of crime occurring. In 1994, the other twenty districts joined in. The original five are still test districts for new ideas. The main goal behind CAPS is “if police, residents, and other city agencies work together they can reduce crime.” CAPS consists of four main elements. The first one is increased police presence in the neighborhoods. Officers are permanently assigned to the same beat and shift (Tate, 2004). This allows officers to be familiar with the neighborhoods and its residents. This also allows residents to feel like a relationship has formed with the police officer. These changes allow the officers to address the long term concerns with the citizens. The second element of CAPS is community involvement. CAPS empower the community and help them to take back their community. It gives them a sense of ownership; people are more inclined to take better care of property if it’s theirs. Parts of

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