Contact: John Caher, Press Office
For immediate release: Thursday, April 12, 2007
DCJS OFFICIAL WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
ALBANY – Theresa E. Salo, director of the Office of Justice Statistics and Performance for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, will receive the prestigious 2007 Alfred E. Smith Award from the Empire State Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at a luncheon April 23 in Albany.
Ms. Salo, a career public servant who has held positions in three agencies over the last 20 years, was cited for her significant efforts in developing New York State's Crimestat program.
Crimestat is a performance management system that measures criminal justice performance, the outcomes of crime reduction efforts and the effectiveness of services provided by criminal justice agencies. It is modeled after New York City's highly successful Compstat system.
DCJS Commissioner Denise E. O'Donnell said Crimestat is a "critical component of intelligence, data-driven policing – and Terry Salo is a critical component of Crimestat."
Commissioner O'Donnell stressed that measuring crime trends and the effectiveness of crime-fighting initiatives is key to ensuring accountability and transparency – two hallmarks of Governor Eliot Spitzer's administration.
Since Crimestat was initiated, the processing of Crime Victims Board claims has been reduced from an average of 492 days to 111 days and inmate preparation has been dramatically improved. Three years ago, less than half of the inmates released completed intensive pre-release programming. Today, 79 percent complete the program.
Commissioner O'Donnell observed that 85 percent of crime reports statewide are now submitted within 30 days, which enables DCJS to provide New York police agencies with vital information on crime trends within their specific jurisdiction as well as their region. The reports are available here.
"Terry Salo is the very model for public service," Commissioner O'Donnell said. "She is incredibly hard working, diligent, committed and tireless. She does everything she is asked to do, and much more, and manages to handle late-breaking, knuckle-biting projects efficiently and cheerfully. The citizens of New York State – and their new commissioner of DCJS – are very lucky to have her in Albany."
Ms. Salo was nominated for the award by Chauncey G. Parker, former Director of Criminal Justice.
The Alfred E. Smith Award is presented in recognition of outstanding individual service and initiative which has exemplified superior management and administration within New York State and which has contributed significantly to the resolution of a major government problem, to the development of a major governmental program, or which has effected major economies and/or efficiencies in the governmental process, according to Michael N. Christakis, Ph.D., president of the Empire State Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
Dr. Christakis stressed the service rendered by a Smith Award nominee "should be far in excess of the normal expectation of the duties of the nominee's position and the level of the position within the organization."
Ms. Salo, who lives in Voorheesville, Albany County, holds a master's degree in public administration from the State University at Albany. She held executive positions at the Division of the Budget and Division of Parole before joining DCJS in 2003.
The award will be presented as part of the American Society for Public Administration's spring institute April 23 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Albany. Prior recipients include former Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Glenn S. Goord, former Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph H. Boardman and Robert J. Freeman of the New York State Committee on Open Government.