Jack Maple, a 27-year New York City police veteran who co-created the CBS drama “The District,” died Saturday at his Manhattan apartment following a lengthy battle with colon cancer. He was 48.
A leading crime-control strategist, Maple was born and reared in Queens, New York, and began his law enforcement career by working as a New York City transit cop. In 1993 he was named New York deputy police commissioner.
In the 1990s he created Comstat, computer-generated maps that spot crime trends. He was hired by major cities such as Philadelphia and Baltimore as a consultant. His memoir, “The Crime Fighter: Putting the Bad Guys Out of Business,” was published in 1999.
In “The District,” Craig T. Nelson portrays Jack Mannion, a Washington, D.C., police commissioner based on Maple.
He is survived by wife Brigid and three children.