Bringing Research into Management Meetings

Managerial meetings (like COMPSTAT) have become a regular practice in many police agencies. Most agencies use some adaptation of the New York City Police Department model, focused on examining changes in crime statistics within police districts or beats, exchanging information about specific investigations and individuals, and also providing a forum where officers might present crime prevention ideas. A common criticism of such meetings is that they focus too much on statistical enumeration, with a lack of dynamic or critical thinking, open exchange, and knowledge transfer.

In this demonstration, the MDP team is working with commanders to develop short video clips intended to spark debate and discussion in COMPSTAT to generate a more dynamic learning environment. These videos will prompt commanders to think about problems in more strategic ways and to move beyond discussion of statistics and specific cases.

The videos are also intended to provide a quick way to disseminate research findings and connect commanders with experts in the field. This may also provide professional development opportunities for commanders who otherwise might not have the time to comb through research or attend conferences or seminars. The use of more interesting visuals and videos might also make COMPSTAT meetings a better forum for strengthening practitioners’ receptivity to research.


Research Resources on Compstat