Compstat 360 – Enhancing a Powerful Tool by Integrating Community Policing to Build Trust and Legitimacy While Reducing Crime

Project Summary 

CompStat360 is a modernized police performance management approach that represents the next generation of CompStat. It seeks to leverage the data-oriented strengths of the traditional CompStat approach while developing a more advanced performance-monitoring tool that assesses the priorities most important to law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Developed by the National Police Foundation and the Vera Institute of Justice, the CompStat360 model is driven by a strategic and continual learning approach so that communities and policing agencies can problem-solve, adjust their practices, and make mid-course corrections to optimize results and minimize adverse impacts. It emphasizes active police-community collaboration; appropriate responses to both organizational and community needs; strategic problem-solving; and continual follow-up on organizational effectiveness and community satisfaction.

CompStat360 assists law enforcement agencies in expanding on the principles of the original CompStat model. The first phase of the program development involved research in developing a prototype model of a new CompStat; experts identified positive outcomes of integrating community policing and problem-solving. The second phase of this project included launching the CompStat360 approach with five local pilot sites, which included a process and outcome evaluation supported by training and technical assistance to promote CompStat360. The current phase involves assisting agencies in implementing the approach based on the lessons learned in the demonstration phases.

 

Methodology

CompStat360 is a strategic approach that supports, fosters and informs problem-solving in policing. It enables law enforcement agencies, and other government partners, along with community members, advocates, and other community-based service providers to better understand their interrelations and collaboratively identify, prioritize, and solve problems. The CompStat360 model begins with conducting a community scanning process to identify the priority areas that the community and law enforcement agency can address together.  A problem-solving team is then established, including law enforcement and community partners, and all stakeholders collectively identify goals and objectives. Metrics are also defined, and data collection and analysis techniques are implemented to ensure that progress toward the agreed-upon goals is measured and monitored. As progress is made toward the goals, the metrics are monitored to inform whether the approach is successful or whether adjustments need to be made to better address the priority area. Ultimately, this model can address many different types of priority areas, internal and external to the law enforcement agency. The NPF team provides training and technical assistance to aid the law enforcement agency through all stages of the CS360 process.

 

Project Website

https://www.compstat360.org 

 

Funding & Collaboration

This project is being implemented in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice and is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance and the MacArthur Foundation.

 

Points of Contact

Kerry Yerico
Senior Program Manager
National Police Foundation
kyerico@policefoundation.org

Julia Billings
Project Associate
National Police Foundation
jbillings@policefoundation.org

 

Keywords

Compstat, Compstat 2.0, community policing, police-community relations, data-driven, legitimacy, community engagement, performance measurement