Principles of Compstat

Principles of Compstat
The modern society has experienced lots of achievements, especially the
improvement of life and living standards as a result of advancement in
technology. In this sense, modern societies are better than the previous
ones with regard to milestones in medicine, policing, security,
surveillance and technology. However, there is a downside to these
achievements as the rate of crimes and armed offenses have skyrocketed.
On the same note, criminal activities have developed in both nature and
sophistication thus making it difficult for the police to anticipate
and prevent the incidences of crime on time. Imperatively, the success
of predicting and preventing the occurrence of crime relies on viable
intelligence concerning potential threats and criminal intentions. Once
the law enforcers determine that there is a possibility of criminal
activities taking place, timely planning and execution of the planned
course of action is of the essence in curbing crime. The four principles
of Compstat provide the vital blueprints for regulating and controlling
the incidence of crime, by the police.
Compstat process describes a philosophy of crime regulation, as well as
a management accountability method. The method and philosophy are
grounded on the ability of the police officers and law enforcers to
adopt a mind state, which police employ to reduce crime. Imperatively,
Compstat is not a one off activity that produces significant results
overnight (Godown, 2009). The concept involves a thorough organized
problem solving process, which results to reduction in crime,
(incremental), especially when coupled with consistency and commitment.
The successful application of Compstat depends on the principles of
Compstat, which will be the focus of the brief write up.
Compstat has four key principles that must be a consideration for
effective and successful regulation of crime. Once the process of
Compstat is adopted, in an organization as the primary goal to be
attained, the principles of the process can be employed to enhance,
streamline and enhance other procedures and process, which describe the
mass of functions essential in the proficient performance of patrol
(Godown, 2009). On the same note, the procedures enhance the operations
of detectives in the comprehensive approach to the reduction of crime.
The identification of problems or potential threats, by employees is
vital. Accordingly, the identification of an issue informs the
formulation of the course of action, which will fix the issue. The four
principles describe the strategy for suppressing crime, and producing
internal procedural efficiencies and economies. The four principles of
Compstat include Rapid deployment, Effective tactics, relentless
follow-up and assessment and accurate and timely intelligence.
Rapid deployment
Although rapid is not necessarily the first principle in the list, the
four principles are equally significant in handling and diminishing
crime. Once a problem has been singled out, appropriate resources should
be mobilized in readiness for action (Godown, 2009). The action against
the problem should be executed, without delay and waste of time to
guarantee that the target does not shift from the initial position. The
authorities and command personalities should work, around the clock to
ensure that timely action and deployment are achieved immediately.
Compstat seeks to categorize problems that are emerging using current,
real-time and relevant information (Godown, 2009). The categorization
allows the strike team to target the heart of the problem and pool the
entire resources towards addressing the problem.
The available human resources and personnel in the police department
should be utilized appropriately, especially considering that the ratio
of civilians to that of police officers is incomparable. Therefore, the
available personnel should be deployed to the exact location where
crimes are taking place. Crime incidents that are ongoing have been
effectively addressed, by rapid deployment (Godown, 2009). Crime
situations that benefit from rapid deployment include hostage
circumstances, riot conditions and active shooters, among others. During
such situations, sufficient force to suppress the crime situations and
bring them to control is employed directly and rapidly.
The philosophy of rapid deployment is effective in dealing with patterns
of crime, which are recurrent and regular. Further, rapid deployment
contains crimes and problems from shifting to other places or time,
especially when the units of crime suppression are well equipped to
address the demands of active crime activities. The execution of rapid
deployment is subject to lots of challenges (Godown, 2009). Financial
rewards that are extended to the response officers should be approached,
from a comprehensive vantage point to ensure that the personnel remain
motivated at all times. Structured and systematic follow up should be
conducted, on a regular basis to deal with any potential problem or
weakness.
Effective Tactics
Effective tactics follow the attainment of reliable and timely
intelligence. The staff and command officers take the responsibility of
creating, developing and implementing actions and strategies of reducing
crime (Godown, 2009). The actions facilitate the mitigation of the
crimes that have been identified. In the execution of effective tactics,
the command officers disseminate the previously successful tactics on
similar crime situations to the tactic team. The tactic team are always
encouraged incorporate their talents, as well as creative ideas in
handling criminal activities. The key objective is to ensure that active
crimes and problems are addressed with diligence using the available
resources (Godown, 2009). It is imperative to note that, though some
crimes are regular and recurrent there are unique challenges that
characterize every crime situation. Therefore, the response and tactic
team should execute the effective tactics with regard to the particular
circumstances and challenges.
Accurate and Timely Intelligence
Intelligence concerning potential criminal activities is vital for the
duties and activities of the law enforcers. The processes of Compstat
are powered, by data and information, which are generated from
computers. Effective regulation and containment of criminal activities
is majorly dependent on timely and accurate intelligence (Godown, 2009).
Anytime the police manage to anticipate potential homicides and
robberies, they can pool resources and deploy those resources towards
curbing the crime. The gathered information is stored in federal crime
report archives for the future and present reference. The principle of
accurate and timely intelligence is extremely significant in Compstat
as without accurate intelligence lots of resources would be wasted or
misappropriated (Godown, 2009). In such situations, crime rates would
skyrocket, and society would become completely unsafe with helpless
police officers.
Relentless Follow-Up and Assessment
The last but not least principle of Copmstat process is relentless
follow-up and assessment. It is vital to follow up and determine whether
the intervention of the police to curb crime failed or succeeded.
Precisely, the commanding officers and senior police personnel should
perform an impact assessment of the entire activities of crime reduction
intervention. Follow-up and assessment are crucial as it provides
information of whether the gathered information can be employed in
future crime prevention. This is the basis of accurate and reliable
intelligence for law enforcement. Imperatively, results form the bottom
line of Compstat and, therefore, the collection and compilation of
results should follow the most effective methods.
References
Godown, J. (2009). The CompStat Process: Four Principles for Managing
Crime Reduction. CompStat Unit, Los Angeles, California, Police
Department. Retrieved from HYPERLINK
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