In his ongoing effort to improve safety at public high schools Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced the start of a new school-based CompStat program for high schools.
The Chicago Police Department along with Chicago Public Schools have partnered to implement this program to help increase safety and reduce crime at high schools.
For Mayor Emanuel, it is all about being accountable for children.
“School-based CompStat helps to create a culture of accountability so we can end crime near our schools and make sure our students can focus on their studies, not their safety,” said Emanuel. “By applying some of CompStat’s methods in and around schools, we can better coordinate the partnerships between school leaders and police.”
The first school-based CompStat meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
CompStat involves weekly crime control strategy meetings during which commanders share and discuss crime incidents, patterns and trends with command staff. The meetings focus on the statistical analysis of crime, where it occurs, how often and by whom, evaluate that and hold commanders accountable for the decisions they have made and the impact they have had on crime in their districts. Accountability benchmarks for school-based CompStat will be determined and regular review, on a daily, weekly, 28 day and yearly basis will be required of the program.
This process also allows CPD to monitor crime trends and issues in the districts while evaluating the skills of its commanders and assessing whether they need to allocate resources or personnel differently.
“CompStat was not utilized at CPD in this manner before and, since we have started holding weekly meetings and empowering our district commanders, as well as added 881 more officers back into the districts, we have seen reductions in crime,” said Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
But before children can learn they must first be able to get to school safetly, said Jean-Claude Brizard, chief executive officer for CPS.
“The safety and security of our students is a top priority for Chicago Public Schools. We know that when kids feel safe and secure at their school, they are able to learn and achieve. That’s why we have made a number of investments aimed at protecting and keeping our kids safe,” said Brizard. “The addition of CompStat strategies, which have been successful in cities around the country, is an important component of our work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children.”
McCarthy added that given the violence that often occurs around schools and the surrounding community, the program will give educators and the police department a more complete picture.
“CompStat is an invaluable tool and a dynamic method to reduce crime, improve quality of life, and effectively allocate personnel. We can identify patterns, hot spots, frequent offenders and target our resources to those areas,” he explained. “This is about more than cops on the dots, it is about having the right resources in place in the districts to reduce crime and curb violence. It is also about accountability.”
CPS has made a number of investments aimed at protecting and keeping kids safe, including the preservation of the Culture of Calm Program. This program has successfully reduced misconduct and disruptive behavior at 38 CPS schools with high safety needs. Over 44,000 students are served through the $8.3 million Culture of Calm program, which will see its funding increased to $10 million next year.
This is one part of the city’s ongoing efforts, said Emanuel, to ensure the safety of children and their communities.