The COMPSTAT paradigm: management accountability in policing, business, and the public sector. Responsibility: by Vincent E. Henry ; foreword by William J. The rapid adaptation of Compstat indicates that it is an emerging police organizational management paradigm. The purpose of this paper is to analyze this. Compstat: an analysis of an emerging police managerial paradigm. Author(s). William F. Walsh (Southern Police Institute, Department of Justice Administration, .

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By meeting frequently and discussing the department’s pparadigm crime and quality of life strategies, the initiatives are fully implemented throughout the agency. To this end, Compstat includes four generally recognized components: Bratton was later appointed police commissioner by Rudolph Giulianiand he brought Maple’s Charts of the Future with him.

The unit runs computer analysis on the data and generates a weekly CompStat report. This section needs additional citations for verification. For example, Geographic Information Systems allow departments to map crime or other types of data, to aid in identifying and solving problems in their assigned area.

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In addition, the police commissioner meets with New York City’s mayor on a weekly basis to brief them on the department’s activities and performance. Retrieved February 18, Crime strategy meetings are convened twice weekly in the Command and Control Center, a high-tech conference facility at police headquarters.

Each precinct is also ranked in each complaint and arrest category.

All profiles furnish information about the unit commander’s appointment date and years in rank, the education and specialized training he or she has received, his or her most recent performance evaluation rating, and the units he or she previously commanded. CompStat often does, however, incorporate crime mapping systems and a commercial comppstat internally developed database collection system. On a weekly basis, personnel from each of the NYPD’s 77 precincts, nine police service areas and 12 transit districts compile a statistical summary of the week’s crime complaints, arrests and summons activity, as well as a written report of significant cases, crime patterns and police activities.


As an illustration, before a department begins using CompStat it might list assaults as aggravated and as simple assault. However, over time, its use evolved into a system whereby productivity was measured and individuals were held accountable for spikes in crime.

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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. As explained in the Broken windows theoryaggressive enforcement of all statutes has been shown to restore a sense of order.

The police commissioner also provides the mayor with a formal report capturing much of the data contained within the CompStat Report. No fines, no jobs”. The Los Angeles Police Department. Among the Command and Control Center’s high-tech capabilities is its computerized “pin mapping” which displays crime, arrest and quality of life data in a host of visual formats including comparative charts, graphs and tables.

Because it often relies on underlying software tools, CompStat has sometimes been confused for a software program in itself.

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The process permits personnel at all levels to monitor and assess the effectiveness of their compstay and re-direct those efforts when necessary. This is a fundamental misconception.

By capturing enforcement data as reflected in summons and arrest activity, the department is parasigm able to gauge its overall performance. As noted above, the weekly COMPSTAT meetings are but one facet of the department’s comprehensive system by which is monitored and used to evaluate the department’s performance.


San Francisco Police Department. In the department’s vernacular, these briefings are referred to as CompStat “computerized statistics” meetings, since many of the discussions are based upon the statistical analysis and maps contained within the weekly CompStat reports.

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Finally, a great deal of the CompStat data and other indices of performance are provided to the public through inclusion in the Mayor’s Management Report. Also in attendance are representatives from the respective district attorney’s offices, command personnel from the department’s School Safety Division and a variety of other outside agencies involved paradgm law enforcement activities, the Transit and Housing Bureau commanders whose jurisdictions lie within the patrol borough, the Crime Strategy Coordinators from other patrol boroughs, Internal Affairs Bureau personnel, and ranking officers from a variety of support and ancillary units such as the Legal Bureau and Management Information Systems Division which do not perform direct enforcement functions.

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.

It is important to note that the weekly CompStat report and crime strategy meetings do not focus compstay on enforcement of the seven major crimes comprising the FBI ‘s Uniform Crime Reports UCR Index, but also capture data on the number of shooting incidents and shooting victims, as well as gun arrests.