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Will COMPSTAT Encourage the SFPD to Make Bad Arrests, the Way It Did for the NYPD?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This week’s This American Life radio show is called “Right to Remain Silent” – it’s about two sort of wacky guys from New Yawk. The first half of the show concerns what happened after an iPhone owner used FaceBook to jokingly threaten people at the 5th Avenue Apple Store but the second story is the more interesting part. It’s about: 

“a police officer who begins recording his supervisors to prove they’re manipulating crime statistics in potentially dangerous ways.”

Adrian Schoolcraft, the NYPD cop featured in the second half of the show, blames “crime control model” COMPSTAT (“short for computer statistics”) for pressuring his supervisors into pressuring him to make arrests and hand out tickets simply for the sake of making arrests and handing out tickets. You know, to get the stats looking good.

Oh, and since he he carried audio recorders around all the time, you get to hear a bunch of NYPD cops talking, and yelling. And here’s a written version of the story, a long one from the Village Voice.

Adrian Schoolcraft, after his split with the NYPD: 

Now, here’s the SFPD’s take on COMPSTAT.

Anyway, you can download an mp3 of the show for free over the next couple of days, if you want.  

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