The New York Police Department in some respects remains a collection of bureaucratic fiefs: 77 police precincts, their borders dating back decades, run by commanders who answer for crime within their district lines. At a recent CompStat meeting, when Brooklyn commanders showed top police officials a series of commercial burglary sprees that never crossed precinct boundary lines, the department’s chief of crime control strategies, Dermot Shea, was skeptical. "They’re not looking at the other precincts, because it’s . . .
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