01/11/2011 12:16 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago's Community Policing Caught In Cross-Fire

Community policing, a philosophy that emphasizes citizen involvement and preventive action, faces an uncertain future as financing declines and officials debate whether it is an effective strategy that needs to be revitalized or an expensive public relations gimmick that should be phased out.

Candidates for mayor and alderman in the Feb. 22 municipal elections have been talking frequently about crime, and the leading mayoral contenders have pledged to replace Superintendent Jody Weis and find money to hire more officers. So far, though, there has been little discussion of the future of community policing, one of Mayor Richard M. Daley's signature policy initiatives.

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