Smart Public Safety in New York City

Rudolph Giuliani, who became mayor of NYC in 1993, and William Bratton, the New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner, jointly revolutionized policing in New York. Their approach was based on actively preventing crimes, rather than reacting to criminal activity. The model they implemented, CompStat (COMPuter STATistics or COMParative STATistics), strategically uses data to fight against crime. By implementing this approach, the yearly crime rate was reduced from 700,000 complaints in 1994 to only 100,000 complaints in 2013. Thus, the New York model is analyzed as a best practice example for the field of smart public safety. The implementation, approach and successes of CompStat were discussed in a group setting, as well as in a subsequent interview with Dennis Smith. Smith is a professor of public policy at New York University, and together with William Bratton one developer of abiie wooden high chair manny other projects, he published an analysis of CompStat in 2001 (Police Executive Research Forum 2013). Continue reading…

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