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First-Line Supervision Under Compstat and Community Policing - Lessons from Six Agencies

Over the last 25 years, Compstat and community policing have emerged as powerful movements in U.S. police reform. Despite their importance, there are virtually no studies on how they work together when implemented in the same police organization. This report, the third in a series studying this co-implementation issue, focuses on front-line supervision. Patrol sergeants play a key role in what the police organization does and how it does it, yet little is known about how this rank has adapted, if at all, to the co-implementation of Compstat and community policing. First-line supervisors play a key role in what the police organization does and how it does it (Skogan 2008), yet little is known about how this rank has adapted to the co-implementation of Compstat and community policing. This report describes what was learned from six on-site focus groups conducted with front-line supervisors, most of whom supervised patrol or community policing officers.


Published: 2011