Accountability means having to answer for one’s conduct. Both police organizations and individual police officers are accountable to the public, to elected officials, and to the courts for how well they control crime and maintain order while remaining in compliance with the law.
COMPSTAT: Computer Comparison Statistics. An Organizational model, first used by the New York City police in 1994, that allows police departments to blend timely intelligence, effective tactics, rapid deployment of personnel, and vigorous follow-up and assessment.
“Code of Silence”: Also known as the “blue curtain,” a code of honor among police officers whereby officers refuse to testify against corrupt colleagues, creating a veil of secrecy around police actions.
Early Intervention System : A management information system that complies and analyzes data on problematic police officer behavior, citizen complaints, police officer use-of-force reports, and other indicators to identify officers with recurring performance problems.
The Nature of EI Systems
Performance data is entered into a computerized database
Data is analyzed to identify problem officers
The Components of an Early Intervention System
Analysis of data
Identification of officers with performance problems