Jack Maple, a 27-year New York City police veteran who co-created the hit CBS TV series “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 an NYC transit cop patrolling Times Square. He rose through the ranks, eventually being named New York deputy police commissioner in 1993. During his tenure, the crime rate in New York City plummeted 39%.
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, and 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.