In the late 1960s, the federal government sponsored experiments encouraging police offers nationwide to spend more time int he communities they protected and served. The movement never caught on, but it did capture the interest of several important academics who continued to study and write about "neighborhood team policing," as they called it then. By the mid-1980s, a new generation of college-educated police chiefs had risen to power, and they began turning to what they had learned in college. At the time, crime rates were skyrocketing all over the country, cities were setting annual records for homicides, and politicians neded a new brant of public policy to offer frustrated residents. Tday, community policing is ubiquitous. Like welfare reform, everybody's got to have it, even if no one knows exactly what it is. This article shows how community policing has worked in Chicago.
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