Does Adding Police Reduce Crime? In Chicago, It's Complicated
Professor Wesley Skogan has studied police in Chicago for over 30 years and says the department's "traditional culture" needs a change.By Jamal Andress | October 19, 2016
In August, Chicago had its most violent month in two decades with 90 murders in 31 days — pushing the number of homicides in the city past the totals in Los Angeles and New York combined.
"Policing here certainly needs a concerted attack on its traditional culture ... pulling down what we call the blue curtain of silence between them and the community," said Northwestern University professor Wesley Skogan.
In response, Chicago police plan to beef up the department by about 7 percent, hiring nearly one thousand police officers, but the jury is still out on whether that's the best way to combat crime.