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The co-implementation of Compstat and community policing


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  • Willis, James J.
  • Mastrofski, Stephen D.
  • Kochel, Tammy Rinehart
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    Over the last twenty-five years Compstat and community policing have emerged as powerful movements in U.S. police reform. Despite their importance, there are virtually no studies on how they interact when implemented in the same police organization. Based on field work in seven police agencies, this article provides the first systematic research on this co-implementation issue. In doing so it examines the reform literature to illuminate and clarify the key doctrinal elements of Compstat and community policing, including where they are similar and where they differ. Next it describes the patterns of co-implementation that emerged across different sites, including the finding that these reforms operated largely independently. This leads us to consider a broader theoretical explanation for why this should be the case and to provide a basis for enriching future research on the co-implementation of these reforms.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Criminal Justice.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 969-980

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jcjust:v:38:y::i:5:p:969-980

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    1. Engel, Robin Shepard, 2001. "Supervisory styles of patrol sergeants and lieutenants," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 29(4), pages 341-355.
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    1. Caudill, Jonathan W. & Getty, Ryan & Smith, Rick & Patten, Ryan & Trulson, Chad R., 2013. "Discouraging window breakers: The lagged effects of police activity on crime," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 18-23.


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