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ISBN-13: 978-1439810316 ISBN-10: 1439810311 Edition: 1st

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" … absolutely worth reading. It raises serious concerns which, if true, amount to a terrible management system which has been allowed to run amok—raising some frightening civil liberties issues. It should be read by anyone involved in law enforcement and public safety statistical analysis because it highlights many possible ways to game the system and then describes the unintended consequences of such gaming."
—Nick Selby, in Police-Led Intelligence

About the Author

John A. Eterno, Ph.D., is professor, chairperson, and associate dean and director of graduate studies in criminal justice at Molloy College. He served as a sworn officer with the New York City police department (NYPD) and retired as a Captain. His various assignments included patrol, teaching at the police academy, conducting research, and commanding officer of several units. Notably, his research for the NYPD on physical standards won a prestigious Police Foundation award. He is also responsible for the research leading to increased age and education requirements for police officer candidates. He testified at the New York State Civil Service Commission and before the City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services in this regard. His work on mapping with the NYPD also earned him the Enterprise Initiative Award from the New York City Mayor’s office.

Eli B. Silverman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of City University of New York. He has previously served with the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington D.C. and was Visiting Exchange Professor at the Police Staff College in Bramshill, England. He has lectured, consulted with, and trained numerous police agencies in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His areas of interest include police performance management, community policing, policy analysis, training, integrity control, Compstat, and crime mapping.

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Product Details

  • Series: Advances in Police Theory and Practice (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439810311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439810316
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They clearly know their matierial & have excellent sources in the NYPD.
L Jane
As COMPSTAT has evolved in the agency that pioneered it, one of the distortions that has emerged is ascribable to one of the hallmarks of the program.
Terry O'Neill, Esq.
Eterno and Silverman, have done a great service to the NYPD and Police departments everywhere by writing this book.
D. Graham

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Wolinsky on May 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
It seems that the NYPD are trying to make as many arrests as they can for petty crimes, like trespassing, and reduce the figures for bigger crimes, like burglary. Why else would a burglary be downgraded to trespass, and attempted murder become "reckless endangerment," while more and more summonses are given out for quality-of-life offenses?

Raymond Kelly has done, in my view, a terrible job. But it was Mayor Bloomberg who gave him the job, so I think he holds the blame too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L Jane on May 10, 2012
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Excellent, well-researched, & well-written exploration of the way Comstat has been used--& misused--in New York City policing. Eterno & Silverman present a clear picture of the way the push for `better' crime stats has led to distortion of crime data & deception of the public. They clearly know their matierial & have excellent sources in the NYPD. I'm also impressed by the authors' appreciation of (and sympathy for)the pressures placed on NYPD officers. Many officers seem to be struggling with ethical & morale issues because of what the Mayor, Commissioner, & NYPD management are pushing them to do. That's probably one reason why some have been willing to break through the blue wall of silence.

It's very troubling that this book hasn't received the publicity it deserves! The public deserves to know this information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ptboston on May 21, 2012
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This volume exposes the underbelly of policing gone awry. The authors vividly document how a valuable policing management system has been turned on its head adversely affecting the cop on the street and citizens alike.

I highly recommend this valuable book to all interested in issues such as crime statistical manipulation, stop and frisk, racial profiling and quotas in policing in New York City and elsewhere. It is very well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TRL on May 10, 2012
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This is a very important book because, while focusing on the NYPD, it illustrates very well how public policy generally can be determined by the desire of policy makers to present the public with a positive image of their work, rather than focusing on accurately evaluating and improving their policies. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of law enforcement and criminal justice in America.
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