Criminal justice scholar to address reporting of crime statistics in talk at Rowan

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Eli B. Silverman, an expert in criminal justice, will kick off the second annual Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in Rowan University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center. Silverman is an emeritus professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate Center at the City University of New York

Eli B. Silverman, an expert in criminal justice, will kick off the second annual Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in Rowan University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center.

Silverman is an emeritus professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Graduate Center at the City University of New York

In his talk, "New York City's Crime Statistics: Truth or Fiction?" Silverman will discuss how Compstat, a managerial accountability system, affects police crime reporting and, also, how potential pressures put on police influence unethical crime reporting.            

In 1994, the New York City Police Department instituted Compstat to reduce crime through crime mapping. Since Compstat's introduction, city police have reported a 76 percent drop in index crime. Silverman's lecture will examine if pressure to decrease index crime resulted in inaccurate crime reporting.

Silverman  previously served as a visiting exchange professor at Police Staff College in Bramshill, England and has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Academy of Public Administration.

He has lectured, consulted and trained police agencies in America, England, Finland, Bulgaria, Italy, France, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, China, Portugal, Australia, Ireland and Norway. Additionally, Silverman has recently published his work in the Journal of Law Economic and Policing and the International Journal of Police Science and Management.

Silverman's areas of expertise include community policing, police management, training, operations, policy analysis, Compstat and crime mapping.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to encourage discourse in a variety of disciplines. Accomplished, external speakers come to Rowan to discuss the foremost areas of research and development in their fields. Silverman's talk is free and open to the public.

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