Projects: Compstat-20

Compstat 2.0, implemented in partnership with the Police Foundation, expands on the metrics used in Compstat to include data central to the success of true community policing, including data related to citizen satisfaction, procedural justice, problem-oriented policing, complaints, and use of force. Compstat 2.0 leverages the strengths of Compstat to help police reduce or prevent crime and enhance their ability to build trust and accountability with their communities. This project will seed an initiative to develop, test, and implement similar models nationwide. 

Compstat 2.0’s two-year initial phase, funded in part by a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), includes a national assessment of current Compstat approaches and the development of a prototype that can be customized in small, medium, and large police departments to better institutionalize community policing.

Subsequent phases of this project will include launching a major multi-site demonstration of Compstat 2.0 approaches based on the prototype, conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the demonstration initiative and local site implementations, and providing training and technical assistance to agencies interested in adopting the new approach.

Why measure community policing?

Although community policing practices is largely believed to be essential to building trust in police and reducing crime—the 2015 President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing published recommendations that use these practices—they are not being systematically measured or regularly assessed by law enforcement agencies.  The majority of these agencies do not currently have systems in place to measure their community engagement efforts or responses to community concerns.

Compstat, a data-driven management tool, has proven to be a valuable measurement and decision-making tool since its development in 1994. It is widely accepted as one of the most important policing innovations in the last century and is used by police agencies to rapidly respond to crime. Yet by limiting its scope to measuring crime alone, Compstat in its current form fails to capture a true picture of police accountability. Compstat 2.0 seeks to build upon the success of its predecessor by capturing data essential to community policing metrics.

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