NYPD Battles Crime: Innovative Strategies in Policing / Edition 1

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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 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 Compstat, 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.

NYPD Battles Crime is a fascinating story of organizational change, innovation, and continuity.

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Analyzes the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) high-tech crime fighting strategy, Compstat, and examines 25 years of change and leadership at NYPD, revealing that the Compstat crime control process is not an instant organizational turnaround but instead is the result of a gradual process of organizational change and leadership redirection. Of interest to students of policing and organizational management. Silverman is a professor of law, police science, and criminal justice administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555534011
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Jumping the Turnstile 3
2 The Pre-1984 NYPD: Reform and Resistance 21
3 The NYPD: 1984-1994 45
4 New Faces of 1994 67
5 Enter COMPSTAT 97
6 100 Palmetto Street 125
7 Brooklyn Bound 147
8 New Skyline 179
Appendix A NYPD Strategy Documents 205
Notes 207
Index 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Pushing up the Police Dept.

    Fabulous book! Easy to read, and flows with the changes that have occurred over the 25 year period it covers the NYC police dept.

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