Winning the Hearts and Minds of Police Officers: An Assessment of Staff Perceptions of Community Policing in Chicago

Wesley Skogan

This paper examines one aspect of the crime prevention equation, the ability of the police and community members to develop cooperative relationships that focus on problem solving. The data are drawn from the on-going study of Chicago's adoption of a community policing model . The report examines structural changes made by the Chicago Police Department to encourage the formation of a partnership, as well as launching a massive training effort to ensure that officers and their immediate supervisors understand the new roles and responsibilities they are being called upon to adopt.

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