Reply to RespectStat: Good, Now Let’s Go One Step Farther

Over the past two decades, CompStat has been widely used by police executives as a tool to increase accountability for crime problems in specific districts or precincts. Although CompStat is controversial in some circles, it does show that police managers can be held accountable for achieving management objectives. Given its prominence in U.S. policing, I like the idea of using an existing structure to advance a renewed interest in community oriented policing. Recently, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing called upon the law enforcement community to embrace a new model of respectful and fair policing in this post-Ferguson United States. The challenge is finding new ways to do that. I like the idea proposed by Superintendent McCarthy and Professor Rosenbaum to use RespectStat as a mechanism for achieving this goal. Middle and upper management could use a nudge in redirecting their attention to matters other than crime statistics, thus helping them to send the message to frontline officers and supervisors that all persons who have contact with the police, regardless of their age, the color of their skin, or other variables, deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity.