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Vol. XXV, No. 518 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 30, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
A watchdog with more teeth: Bigger role planned for NYPD review board.
Sample case: A-G’s panel says collecting DNA evidence from arrestees may be constitutional, but not yet practical.
Cut to the chase: PD fights order to reveal specifics of pursuit policy.
Who’s watching the watchers? U.S. Attorney forms unit to probe California PDs.
People & Places: Foody for thought; big day in Big D; body of evidence; Little Rock’s best; IACP history in the making.
Whodunnit: Did the Louima trial convict the wrong cop?
Keeping up: Phoenix-area police upgrade training & weapons to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.
Stolen glances: Mass. legislators scramble to punish high-tech voyeurs.
Forum: When it comes to jail management, Compstat’s a keeper.
Bad credit: Ex-chief says police take credit for crime reductions they have little to do with.
Kid stuff: Mini-academy gives NJ youths a close-up look at police.
Black, white & red-faced: NAPO invites white separatist to discuss racial profiling.
Upcoming Events: Opportunities for professional development.

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O’Connell, Straub:
For jail management, Compstat’s a keeper

      American law enforcement administrators are becoming increasingly familiar with the term “Compstat,” the New York City Police Department’s innovative method of statistics-based management. Throughout the country, police officials are now exploring the possibilities of using Compstat-like programs in order to duplicate the NYPD’s unprecedented success in reducing crime.
      History in Brief
In 1994, New York City’s new Police Commissioner William Bratton initiated a “re-engineering” process that mirrored private sector efforts. Focus groups, surveys and “re-engineering teams” were used to identify organizational goals and to identify structural barriers that impeded the smooth operation of the department...