12/09/2011 02:20 pm ET Updated Feb 08, 2012

What Will Really Happen When Chicago Closes 3 Police Districts?

It is becoming clearer and clearer that Chicago has a great need for the success of CJP's Citizen Open Data Access Project and the greatly increased access to criminal justice system data that it will provide." One of the new administration's goals is to close three police district stations and merge those districts with neighboring ones. The public meetings surrounding the closing have been very enlightening as to the extraordinary gap between the reality of the amount of crime and the fear of the amount of crime, even in some of Chicago's safest neighborhoods. I am going to take you through an examination of the available crime data to provide evidence about how great the gulf is between reality and fear when it comes to crime in Chicago in 2011.

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