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•How did the changing political landscape in Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s impact the implementation of community policing? Did the increasing cultural variation in the workforce in Chicago law enforcement agencies influence the beginning of the community policing movement? How?

•How did the national view of the Chicago Police Department and use of the police by the Mayor and political authorities during the Democratic National Convention in 1968 highlight the need for the change toward a new model of policing strategy?

•Residency Requirements have long been a debated issue in policing and law enforcement. The central issue is the residency of police officers. Should police officers reside in the geographical entity that they work for? Why?

•How has the Chicago Police Department integrated the core principles of community policing into other organizational initiatives such as Problem Solving, Hot Spot Policing, and Crime Reduction Strategies? Essentially, can the principles of community policing co-exist with these crime reduction strategies? Why?

•How did the new community policing strategy fit with the need to increase the accountability of police officers and the decentralization of responsibility?

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Article Review/Community Policing

• Author: Frank Kusch
• Title: Battleground Chicago - The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention
• Publisher: University of Chicago Press
• Year: 2004
• URL: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/465036.html

•How did the changing political landscape in Chicago in the 1970s and 1980s impact the implementation of community policing? Did the increasing cultural variation in the workforce in Chicago law enforcement agencies influence the beginning of the community policing movement? How?
- According to Kusch (2004), "Mayor Richard Daley seized on the threats to restrict permits for marches and ordered curfews for city parks. These threats, which included the absurd Yippie boast to place LSD into the city's water supply, had predictable results. Daley placed police officers at the city's filtration plants twenty-four hours a day. Police were ordered to guard every pumping station and filtration plant starting the Saturday before the convention." It was this atmosphere in the late 60's early 70's that has lead to a sense of paranoia within local government so that 'yippies' became that radical threat the city saw through their demonstrations, their group action and the threats various groups has given as printed in the local press. Everything was taken seriously as Chicago braced for a 'fight'. Community policing however was more of an 'infiltration' into the world of the 'fringe groups' as they were seen as a 'real threat' by the local government. As for this becoming an instigation into the early local community policing movement - the infiltration of the police officers into local communities gave them insight into the gatekeepers within social groups allowing them to identify instigators just as well as main issues faced by particular groups.

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