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Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy

Survey of Justice and Security CJA 500


The purpose of this paper is to address the fundamental aspects of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, also known as CAPS. According to Walker and Katz (2008) this strategy was distinctively created to address the city and its reform to a new system of how police and citizens interact to lower crime rates and to come up with solutions for those in the community (Community Policing and Problem-Oriented Policing, para. 2). The second part of this research paper is to investigate an article that Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority to determine public opinion of this form of policing and positive trends related toward CAPS. McCanna (1999) discusses how the community and the police work together in the community for a joint effort to reduce crime and the overall result of her study and finding in Chicago (McCanna, 1999, p. 1). McCanna also discusses how since its implementation citizens have become more aware of CAPS and analyzes their satisfaction overall with CAPS.

Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy

In April of 1993 the Chicago Alternative Policing strategy was implemented by Police Superintendent Matt L. Rodriguez (“What is CAPS,” n.d.). Out of the 25 police districts there were five districts that were prototypes before the rest began to participate in 1994(“What is CAPS,” n.d.). These five districts were diverse in their socio and economic backgrounds and the problems each of the communities had. Participation within those communities was placed first to evaluate the effectiveness of the new strategy. McCanna explains in passing what CAPS did that was different from most other policing was that officers each day would be assigned to a specific beat in order to interact and become familiar with the community that the officer is in…...

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