Policing: Stats with Heart

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

In light of ongoing questions about CompStat's use in the NYPD, Eugene O'Donnell, former police officer, former prosecutor, and professor of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, discusses whether it's possible to balance statistics and community policing.


Eugene O'Donnell

Comments [5]

john from office

The elephant in the room:

Standardsreduced because of need to integrate the force.

Sep. 01 2010 11:07 AM
hyperkinetic from Brooklyn

I can't count the number of times in the six years since I've lived in NYC that the NYPD have completely *FAILED* to do their duty in the times I've sought their help. The notion that that NYC is the 'safest' city in the world is a joke. NY's crime stats are low because the police are systematically under reporting crimes.

Sep. 01 2010 11:01 AM

Having roll calls taped would help with a little transparency in the opaque world of law enforcement. Stop and frisk is an abuse of citizens civil rights, and reminiscent of former jim crow states. These "collars" as a caller called them, is usually the first interaction that young men have with the law, usually leading to a life long relationship with the system. This is such a no brainer, it makes me wonder why many more people aren't mad as hell about this...

Sep. 01 2010 10:59 AM
John from NYC Subway

Are Subway cops the same as regular cops? Because I see routinely cops standing around in the subway talking to each other chatting away at major stations like Atlantic Ave, other major stops while illegal CD sales, Preachers on illegal PA systems scream at those walking down the tunnel, Peruvian Pan Flute horrendous music.... and these guys are just chatting away the only thing their missing is the cliche donut.

Sep. 01 2010 10:57 AM
Matthew from Astoria

There's a fundamental paradox under this issue that we should remember:

Elected officials want to tell the voters each year that crime is lower than the year before.

But in a city of 9 million flawed human beings, there's only so low that crime can go. We'll never have zero crime, in New York or anywhere else.

Sep. 01 2010 10:56 AM

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