COMSTAT: The Middle Manager's Perspective

Gennaro F. Vito, University of Louisville
William F. Walsh, University of Louisville
Julie Kunselman, University of West Florida

Originally established by Commissioner William Bratton and his colleagues in the New York City Police Department, COMSTAT has emerged as a new organizational paradigm in policing. It has now been implemented in various forms by a number of different law enforcement agencies. This article presents data drawn from the written views of police middle managers from across the country. The respondents were attending the Administrative Officer's Course at the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. During the course of their studies, they read several works on COMPSTAT, including Eli Silverman's work, NYPD Battles Crime. Content analysis of their written comments reveal the strengths and weaknesses that they associate with the COMPSTAT model.

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Updated 05/20/2006