CompStat Crime Briefing Room

An important tool in the Philadelphia Police Department’s strategic fight against crime and enhancement of contemporary law enforcement technology is CompStat, which stands for COMPuter STATistics. It is a computerized process by which crime statistics are collected, computerized, mapped and disseminated quickly and effectively.

Commissioner Ross utilizes CompStat at regularly scheduled Police Headquarters briefings with his top command officers, who represent every aspect of the Department’s services. CompStat offers a dynamic approach to crime reduction, quality of life improvement, and personnel and resource management, allowing ranking Department executives to identify spikes in crimes using comparative statistics and address those spikes through the use of targeted enforcement.

A typical CompStat briefing session facilitates information flow between the Department’s top command personnel and the commanders of operations units, with particular emphasis on crime and quality of life enforcement information. The CompStat Crime Briefing Room, as planned, will have multiple video screens filled with up-to-date crime statistics that track crime activity during specified periods of time, enabling commanders to strategize future methods for crime detection and suspect identification and apprehension.

Among the CompStat’s high-tech capabilities is its computerized “pin mapping,” which displays crime, arrest and quality of life data in a host of visual formats, including comparative graphs, charts and tables. Through the use of geographic mapping software and other computer technology, for example, the CompStat database can be accessed and a local district map depicting virtually any combination of crime and/or arrest locations, crime “hot spots” and other relevant information can be instantly projected on the Room’s large video screens.

The CompStat Crime Briefing Room is a facility that will significantly aid our men and women in blue, and will make combating crime and criminals a more efficient and effective process for residents and visitors
in Philadelphia.