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NCJ Number: 204121 Find in a Library
Title: Compstat: A New Paradigm for Policing or a Repudiation of Community Policing?
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:February 2004  Pages:70-79
Author(s): Jeffrey S. Magers
Editor(s): Chris Eskridge
Date Published: February 2004
Page Count: 10
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the Compstat model of police operations as a new paradigm of policing as presented in The Meaning of Compstat: A Theoretical Analysis by William F. Walsh and Gennaro F. Vito.
Abstract: The Compstat model of police operations has been implemented in some form by many police agencies in the United States as a means to produce a results-oriented strategy to achieve effective crime control. In their analysis of the Compstat crime control process model, William Walsh and Gennaro Vito describe it as a “goal-oriented strategic management process.” In this article, Walsh and Vito make several critical observations in establishing Compstat as a clearly defined paradigmatic shift from community policing and problem solving. The argument is made that Compstat has been very effective as a means of focusing police tactical efforts on specific crime and disorder problems while effectively maintaining consistency with the more philosophical and strategic elements of community policing with the key factor being the application of strategic management principles to create a new level of accountability for achieving goal-oriented results. Compstat is an effective method of reducing crime, which is the goal of any reasonable police manager and political leader. It is the result of what Walsh and Vito state is the attempt to synthesize elements of the rational-legal bureaucratic model with community policing. Compstat offers a new paradigm that introduces new ideas in combination with visible elements of its predecessors. References
Main Term(s): Police management
Index Term(s): Community policing; Crime control model; Police crime-prevention; Police effectiveness; Police reform; Policing innovation; Problem-Oriented Policing
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