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COMPSTAT - Q&A Community Policing, Problem Solving

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Use examples from real life, experiences, research, and other supporting data to answer the following questions:
•How do programs like Compstat impact the process of law enforcement? What other programs have developed over recent years that have significantly reduced the rate of crime in the U.S.?

•How does the philosophy of Compstat differ from community policing or problem-oriented policing?

•What are the implications of Compstat for policing in the U.S.?
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COMPSTAT Q&A

Q. How do programs like Compstat impact the process of law enforcement? What other programs have developed over recent years that have significantly reduced the rate of crime in the U.S.?
A. According to the National Institutes of Justice (2015), "The main goal of Compstat is to develop specialized solutions to combat criminal activity. The program aims to improve management of police resources and operation of the department. It promotes communication among the department to implement resources efficiently and to generate effective solutions to reduce crime." According to Godown (2003), "CompStat, short for Computer Comparison Statistics, is a multifaceted system for managing police operations. Used in many different law enforcement agencies across the United States and around the world, it is an innovative business management process, system, and strategic methodology that assists an organization in achieving its mission and goals. The methods are transferable, compatible, and replicable in any organization or environment." Thus, it can be concluded that Compstat, when adopted becomes an essential tool in crime control management, allowing the police unit to monitor, control, critically assess and improve problem-solving abilities and the accountability of a law enforcement officer and unit individually and as an organization. Other programs utilized include adaptations of Compstat for specific issues like New York City's TrafficStat (Miller, 2014) which was, "launched in 1998...developed criteria for identifying crash-prone locations, assigning ...

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