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Date: Monday, May 11, 1998

Release #211-98

Contact: Colleen Roche (212) 788-2958 or Dwight Williams (212) 788-2972


Highlights His Plan for a Drug-Free New York City

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today outlined his strategy to make New York City drug-free in a keynote address at the 2nd Annual Compstat Conference - "Policing for the 21st Century." Police executives from 13 countries and 30 states have convened in New York City for a three-day conference to learn about Compstat (computer "pin mapping") and other new policing strategies.

"The New York City Police Department has set the standard for policing in the late 20th Century," Mayor Giuliani said. "New York has been transformed from a City with over 2,000 murders each year, to a City with less than 800 murders a year, and with overall crime almost cut in half in a five-year period. New York City is now the safest large city in America.

"Over the last five years, policing in New York City has undergone a radical change," the Mayor continued. "Thanks to Commissioner Howard Safir's leadership there is increased accountability throughout the ranks and a commitment to enforce quality of life laws. The implementation of the Compstat system has been a key component of the Police Department's success. All 76 precinct commanders, in conjunction with top level police management, use Compstat to identify crime patterns and allocate appropriate resources. The goal is to deter crimes before they occur.

"We now have a historic opportunity to build on the Police Department's success and make permanent the reductions in crime. That is why last October, I launched a comprehensive strategy to make our neighborhoods and schools drug-free. Drugs are at the root of so much crime -- robbing people of their independence, devastating families and tearing neighborhoods apart.

"While I consider the men and women of the Police Department to be the foot soldiers in the fight against drugs, this comprehensive drug strategy also calls on every community throughout the City to mobilize against abuse. Working together, we will get the job done," the Mayor concluded.

On October 1, 1997, Mayor Giuliani launched a comprehensive drug strategy. The Mayor's initiative seeks to remove drugs from schools and neighborhoods through a coordinated law enforcement, treatment and educational effort.


TREATMENT EDUCATION More than 400 police and criminal justice leaders from 30 states and 13 countries are convening at the Marriott Marquis and One Police Plaza for a three-day conference to learn about the Compstat system and police strategies for the 21st Century. The Compstat system provides up to the minute crime statistics and maps, that allow precinct commanders to react quickly to any "hot spot" patterns.

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