Center for Justice Leadership and Management to Evaluate the Compatibility of Police Reforms

Posted: November 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Stephanie Hay

The Center for Justice Leadership and Management, the research arm of the Administration of Justice Program (ADJ) in the Department of Public and International Affairs, recently received a $107,000 contract to work with researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Boston on an evaluation of the compatibility of two police reforms: community policing and Compstat.

Stephen Mastrofski
Stephen Mastrofski

“Community policing has become immensely popular among American police agencies over the last two decades,” says Stephen Mastrofski, director of ADJ. “It embraces a variety of efforts to bring the police and the public into closer partnership to solve the wide range of problems the public cares about.”

Compstat is a strategic management system that focuses police on achieving crime control by holding mid-level police administrators strictly accountable for the performance of their units. It obtains timely and accurate data on crime so that administrators can intervene quickly and assess the results.

Photo of Ed Maguire
Ed Maguire

The George Mason research team, led by Mastroski and Associate Professor Edward Maguire, will be working with U-Mass for the next 15 months to learn more about the compatibilities of these reforms. They will survey a nationally-representative sample of municipal and county police agencies and create a profile of the pattern of community policing and Compstat implementation.

“This project will be the first national assessment of the way that community policing and Compstat interact. It will help scholars learn something about what happens when different reform streams meet in police agencies. More importantly, it will produce a set of guidelines to help police diagnose whether their organization has reform incompatibility problems, how to check for these problems and how to cope with them.”

The project is funded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice.

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