NYPD Appoints Panel To Study How It Tracks Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is forming a committee to look at how the department records crimes amid allegations that higher-level offenses were being downgraded.

Kelly on Wednesday appointed three former federal prosecutors to the committee.

The group will start work immediately and spend six months looking into whether crimes are being misclassified. It will review the department’s Compstat crime reporting system, and members will attend department meetings on precinct crime statistics.

Kelly said integrity in the reporting system is essential to maintain public confidence.

The move comes after allegations that some members of the department felt pressure to downgrade crimes to make their precincts seem safer.

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  • Michael Nitso

    I sent a letter to police plaza requesting a copy of the police report. When it came back it was totaly false. The dollars amounts I gave the officer along with where the car was parked had been changed. It wasn’t even close, thus the statistics would not reflect the severity of the crime. Amazing!!!

  • The Truth

    They have doing this for well over 10 years. Even the Cops try to get you to change the story when you file a complaint. Felonies are classified as misdemeaners and so on. I believe it started under Bratton.

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