policeblotter_sfa.jpgCurious about what’s been going on in the world of SF crime from say, April 10th to May 7th? SFPD’s bi-monthly CompStat meeting can catch you up.

CompStat, short for “computer statistics,” isn’t a computer program, it’s a (per wikipedia, so, you know) “management philosophy or organizational management tool for police departments,” which SFPD says provides “a basic road map for getting police officers back in the business of actually proactively fighting crime rather than just reacting to it.” Crime stats are compiled in an effort to spot trends that police say helps them decide where to devote resources.

Not everyone’s in favor of CompStat, but the meetings in which police officers discuss the reports are a lot of fun, if you’re a crime junkie or stats nerd.

The meeting’s specifically focused on the Metro Division, which includes Central, Mission, Northern, Southern, and everyone’s favorite crime hotbed, the Tenderloin stations.

It’s tough to hear about the many things that make SF dangerous, but if you do want to know what’s up, come early to the meeting, as Chief Suhr will be presenting certificates of appreciation to two SFians who helped police on May 2nd.

Their awards will be presented right at the beginning of the meeting, which starts at 10am. And if you can’t make it, but want to take a look at CompStat’s findings, they’re all there for you on SFPD’s site.

What: SFPD’s bi-monthly Compstat meeting
When: Thursday, May 12th starting at 10am
Where: Scottish Rite Auditorium in SF, 2850 19th Ave.
Cost: Free

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