Criminal Justice Professor Challenges NYPD Crime Stats

By John Eterno and Eli Silverman

Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's questioning of the accuracy of the NYPD's numbers under current Commissioner William Bratton is quite puzzling.

The evidence of crime reporting manipulation under Kelly was extensive and known to everyone, except apparently the former commissioner.

Our book "The Crime Numbers Game" and several peer-reviewed articles document it. Two surveys we conducted over those years with separate samples of retired officers demonstrated strong pressures emanating from the department's leadership to manipulate crime reports in order to cast crime statistics in the most favorable light.  Read more...