Last January (2012), we published “Policing Chicago Public Schools.” We are currently working to update the report by publishing data from the Chicago Police Department about youth arrests (18 and under) on CPS properties in calendar years 2011 and 2012.
In the meantime, we are pleased to share a preview of that report today through the following FACT SHEET (PDF). The fact sheet offers preliminary data including the gender, age, and race of the youth (18 and under) arrested on CPS properties in 2011 and 2012. New this year, we have broken the data out according to arrests on school grounds and in school buildings.
Our final report will be available in late summer.
Additionally, we are excited to share a wonderful interactive map that was created by Chris Skrable featuring information about crimes and arrests on CPS properties for the 2011-2012 academic year. This map only includes crimes and arrests that took place during the school day between 8 am and 5 pm. The map allows you to search by school by simply typing the name of your school in the search bar at the top right of the page. If searching for Kilmer Elementary for example, type: Kilmer Elementary, Chicago [Don’t forget to include Chicago so that it can direct you to the appropriate location].
Once you find your school on the map, click on it and you will see demographic, crime, and arrest data. Importantly, the data is presented as a ratio per 100 students which allows for comparisons between schools. Finally, you can play around with the zoom feature on the map located on the left side. We thank Chris for his hard work on this terrific resource. Chris created the map as part of a GIS course taught by Dr. Mike Steihl at Loyola University. We are excited to share the other maps created by other students in our upcoming reports about juvenile arrests in Chicago that will be published in late summer and in the fall.
You can find the interactive map HERE.
Let us know what you think about these new resources in the comments section below or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to get feedback about our work and appreciate hearing how our resources are being used!