Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities

Wesley G. Skogan*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook

194 Scopus citations


Highly popular with both the public and political leaders, community policing is the most important development in law enforcement in the last twenty-five years. But does it really work? Can police departments fundamentally change their organization? Can neighborhood problems be solved? In the early 1990s, Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, instituted the nation's largest community policing initiative. This book provides a 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, it reveals a city divided among African Americans, whites, and Latinos. By looking at the varying effects community policing had on each of these groups, the book provides an analysis of what works and why. As the use of community policing increases and issues related to race and immigration become more pressing, it will serve the needs of an increasing amount of students, scholars, and professionals interested in the most effective and harmonious means of keeping communities safe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages358
ISBN (Electronic)9780199944033
ISBN (Print)0195154584, 9780195154580
StatePublished - May 24 2012


  • Chicago
  • Community Policing
  • Crime
  • Immigration
  • Keeping Communities Safe
  • Law Enforcement
  • Neighborhood Problems
  • Police
  • Police Departments
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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