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Police Accountability

As public servants, police should be fully accountable to the communities they serve. Up until recently, their performance was measured almost exclusively in levels of crime. The most well known tool is Compstat, which the NYPD developed in 1994 with early assistance from Vera. 

More than 20 years later, we are working with the Police Foundation to develop and pilot test Compstat 2.0. The new, broader tool includes a set of metrics related to citizen satisfaction, procedural justice, use of force, problem-solving, and other aspects of policing about which the public cares deeply, especially members of minority communities who overwhelming don’t trust police. Compstat 2.0 is part of a broader slate of work at Vera to increase police accountability using both internal and external mechanisms.

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