Compstat is a tool that helps police officers fight crime. This lesson will outline what Compstat is, how it works, and how police department use it to improve their staff knowledge and outcomes. What is Compstat? Imagine you are going to the grocery store for your monthly shopping. When you get to the store there are no signs above or at the end of the isle to show you where things are.
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The report captures crime complaints and arrest activity at the precinct, patrol borough and citywide levels, presenting a summary of these and other important performance indicators.
With the report, department leadership can easily make comparisons between commands. Each precinct is also ranked in each complaint and arrest category. The program also ensures that precinct commanders remain aware of crime and quality of life conditions within their areas of responsibility. The process allows top executives to monitor issues and activities within precincts and operational units, evaluating the skills and effectiveness of middle managers.
By keeping abreast of situations "on the ground," departmental leaders can properly allocate resources to most effectively reduce crime and improve police performance. Summons and arrest activity are also captured. In concert with broken windows theory[ edit ] By arresting or issuing summonses to people who engage in minor violations and quality of life offenses — such as public drinking and public urination, panhandling , loud radios, prostitution and disorderly conduct — ensures that those behaviors are deterred.
As explained in the Broken windows theory , aggressive enforcement of all statutes has been claimed to restore a sense of order. By capturing enforcement data as reflected in summons and arrest activity, the department is better able to gauge its overall performance.
With this data, executives can monitor and assess how commanders motivate and manage their personnel resources and how well they address important management concerns. Depending on their weekly crime statistics, every commander can expect to be called at random to make his or her Crime Strategy Meeting presentation approximately once a month. Because ranking decision-makers are present at the meetings and can immediately commit their resources, the obstacles and delays which often occur in highly structured bureaucratic organizations also tend to be minimized.
These visual presentations are a useful and highly effective adjunct to the CompStat Report, since it permits precinct commanders and members of the Executive Staff to instantly identify and explore trends and patterns as well as solutions for crime and quality of life problems.
Commanders are expected to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the crime and quality of life problems existing within their commands and to develop innovative and flexible tactics to address them. There are also pre-COMPSTAT briefings convened at the local patrol borough level, Precinct Management Team meetings in each precinct and strategy evaluation projects conducted by ranking members of the department. This report and the preliminary report issued four months into the fiscal year provide detailed comparative data on the performance of every mayoral agency within city government.
The process permits personnel at all levels to monitor and assess the effectiveness of their efforts and re-direct those efforts when necessary. This is a fundamental misconception.
CompStat often does, however, incorporate crime mapping systems and a commercial or internally developed database collection system. In some cases, police departments have started offering information to the public through their own websites. In other cases, police departments can either create their own XML feed or use a third party to display data on a map. The largest of these is CrimeReports.
As an illustration, before a department begins using CompStat it might list assaults as aggravated and as simple assault.
If there were a similar pattern of underlying criminal activity the next year, but instead assaults are listed in CompStat as simple and 50 as aggravated, the system would report that progress had been made reducing major crimes when in fact, the only difference is in how they are reported.
Manipulating reporting data may also negatively affect personnel and financial disbursement; communities whose improvements on paper show they need less resources could lose those resources—and still face the same amount of actual crime on the streets. The issue was further publicized in when NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft released recordings of his superiors urging him to manipulate data.
TrafficStat tracks motor vehicle, bicyclist, and pedestrian crashes. Police Chief Jack Mannion and to the department, and which contributed to her promotion from an obscure position located in an out-of-the-way office to Director of Administrative Services.
It was a major plot device in the season 1 episode Operation: Broken Feather , where the characters work to meet their CompStat objectives by applying the same technique to intra-office efficiency.
Compstat Policing: Definition, Process & Model
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Compstat: an analysis of an emerging police managerial paradigm
The report captures crime complaints and arrest activity at the precinct, patrol borough and citywide levels, presenting a summary of these and other important performance indicators. With the report, department leadership can easily make comparisons between commands. Each precinct is also ranked in each complaint and arrest category. The program also ensures that precinct commanders remain aware of crime and quality of life conditions within their areas of responsibility. The process allows top executives to monitor issues and activities within precincts and operational units, evaluating the skills and effectiveness of middle managers. By keeping abreast of situations "on the ground," departmental leaders can properly allocate resources to most effectively reduce crime and improve police performance. Summons and arrest activity are also captured.
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