Chicago's citywide community policing program (CAPS), the largest in the nation, combines officers placed in long-term assignments and trained in problem-solving with numerous opportunities for public involvement and input in community meetings and advisory committees. Unlike similar programs in other cities, CAPS has enjoyed significant citizen involvement, with some of the highest beat meeting attendance rates in many of the neighborhoods that need it most. Conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, this study examines community participation in CAPS and the effectiveness of the city's marketing campaign to raise program awareness, and proposes "a new community organizing initiative that aims to rebuild the capacity of neighborhoods to solve their problems." The full text of the report, along with tables, graphs, and charts, is available at the site in .pdf format.
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