PATERSON, NJ - Mayor Andre Sayegh led a delegation of Paterson city officials, including Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale, and members of both the Paterson Police Department and the Paterson Innovation Team, to New York City on Thursday where they attended a CompStat information meeting with top NYPD officials at the NYPD Headquarters.

CompStat is a data driven method that analyzes crime data and geographical data as an accountability process and to efficiently direct resources. Using CompStat, ranking police officials identify crime spikes through the use of collected data statistics. The data allows the police department to have a clearer assessment of crimes and where they exist, which leads to more targeted enforcement tactics.

“Paterson is taking a deep dive into data and analytics in a way that makes sense for our police department,” Sayegh said in a statement. “We want to learn the nuances of CompStat in New York that are applicable to our city. CompStat will increase accountability and maximize efficiency of the PD. Our end goal is to have the police department become a 21st Century department.”

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The components of CompStat are data analysis and accuracy, efficiency of resources, accountability, and strategic problem solving.

“The NYPD is a leader in policing throughout the world,” Speziale, who formerly served with the NYPD said, adding that he was grateful for the opportunity. “They opened their doors to the City of Paterson so that we may learn about new crime control strategies and precision-based policing through accountability, which will be utilized in Paterson.”

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