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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"City Crime Reporting Comes Under New Scrutiny"

The story is in the New York Times:

Facing questions over whether crime statistics have been manipulated to cast the New York Police Department in a more positive light, the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, announced the creation of a panel consisting of former federal prosecutors to review the department’s internal crime-reporting system.

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Critics have long charged that the department’s crime data has been undermined by a network of incentives that in many cases prompt those responsible for assessing, reporting and recording crimes — from patrol officers to precinct commanders — to downgrade offenses or discourage people from filing complaint reports.

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