NYPD Battles Crime: Innovative Strategies in Policing / Edition 1

NYPD Battles Crime: Innovative Strategies in Policing / Edition 1

by Eli B. Silverman
     
 

In the last five years, New York City has experienced the nation's most dramatic reduction in crime. While the New York Police Department is receiving extensive publicity and praise as the key agent for the sharp decline, many experts downplay the NYPD's role, arguing instead that prevailing social, economic, and demographic conditions are the primary reasons for the… See more details below

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In the last five years, New York City has experienced the nation's most dramatic reduction in crime. While the New York Police Department is receiving extensive publicity and praise as the key agent for the sharp decline, many experts downplay the NYPD's role, arguing instead that prevailing social, economic, and demographic conditions are the primary reasons for the unprecedented drop in crime rates.

This timely book informs the debate by detailing how innovative strategies adopted in 1994 by then police commissioner William W. Bratton had the immediate and sustained effect of lowering incidents of crime in every city precinct. Eli B. Silverman begins his study with a historical review of the evolution of police reform movements in New York City, showing that the achievements and failures of earlier external and internal initiatives formed the foundation for today's re-engineered NYPD.

Drawing on privileged access to police documents and meetings, he then examines how the dynamic interaction of specific strategic, organizational, and managerial changes redefined the approach to policing, transforming the department from a reactive to a proactive force. In particular, Silverman focuses on Comp-stat, a sophisticated computer program that compiles crime statistics, as the crucial mechanism for linking the development of new policies with effective tactics to control crime. The up-to-date and accurate information provided by Compstat drives twice-weekly crime strategy meetings that ensure essential planning, coordination, evaluation, and accountability.

This in-depth examination offers an inside view of the New York Police Department and its striking success in fighting crime. It isa fascinating story of organizational change, innovation, and continuity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901555534010
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
06/10/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

1Jumping the Turnstile3
2The Pre-1984 NYPD: Reform and Resistance21
3The NYPD: 1984-199445
4New Faces of 199467
5Enter COMPSTAT97
6100 Palmetto Street125
7Brooklyn Bound147
8New Skyline179
Appendix ANYPD Strategy Documents205
Notes207
Index233

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