Crain’s Detroit Article: “Crime-fighting strength in numbers: Data becomes secret weapon for community”

Here’s an article from Crain’s Detroit by Nathan Skid about CompStat. The article describes how the Detroit police, businesses and community leaders are using data analysis for crime fighting:

Some quotes from the article:

“One tactic is having detailed — and frequent — crime analysis, down to the city block level.”

“Every two weeks, a group of about 25 law enforcement officials, ranging from undercover detectives from the Wayne State University Police Department to state troopers, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, urban planners and the heads of security for leading Midtown employers, gather for a detailed meeting. The corporate involvement includes DTE Energy Co., Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Medical Center.”

“The meetings, which began in 2009, are centered on a data reporting and management system called CompStat. The system allows law enforcement officers to review detailed crime mapping. The information identifies crime hot spots, repeat offenders and crime trends. It uses a combination of police reports, a criminal database and Google Earth to pinpoint precise locations of where and when crimes took place.”