NYPD CompStat Effort Credited With Keeping Close Eye On Crime

(Dean Meminger/NY1)- With less than two weeks to go, the city is likely to end 2017 year with the fewest number of murders in any year since at least the 1950s.  NYPD officials say a major reason is an approach to policing that began when crime was rampant in the city nearly 25 years ago. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Hitting the streets and chasing down criminals, that’s the visible side of the NYPD. But an important part of policing the public doesn’t see: Officers pouring over numbers to pinpoint problems and track down the bad guys.

“Those big binders are full of information of really all the fine points that go into fighting crime,” said NYPD Captain John Buttacavoli.

Every Thursday morning is quiz time for precinct and borough commanders. They must report to police headquarters and submit to questioning by ranking chiefs about crime patterns in the areas they oversee.

This process is called CompStat, short for Comparing Statistics. It began in the 1990s as a data-driven approach to crime fighting. Crime statistics are compiled, computerized and analyzed each week to look for patterns and problem areas which are then targeted.

“These meetings are extremely constructive and we see something that we can improve on. And we certainly will,” said NYPD Deputy Chief Charles McEvoy.

“This meeting is not about gotcha but it is what’s going on in a particular area. Articulate you have an awareness of what is going on,” said NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Dermot Shea.

Read more and watch the video from NY1 [HERE].