What’s Behind the Drop in Crime in New York?

May 6, 2016

Before we talk about the drop in crime in New York City, we should briefly describe what has occurred here over the past 25 years. Back in 1990, there were about 530,000 crimes reported. The specifics include the following arrests statistics: 2,245 murders. 17,497 transit crimes. 24,000 (approx.) criminal trespass arrests. 47,000 (approx.) marijuana arrests. Over the course of a quarter century, all those numbers have been reduced drastically. For example, there were 352 murders […] Read On

Bratton pays surprise visit to precinct accused of falsifying crime stats

July 28, 2015

Statistics can be both interesting and informative. The biggest challenge is often taking the numbers and gleaning some meaning from them. We hear a lot about crime statistics. They are used to promote tougher gun laws, for example. They are also used to evaluate the performance of a police department, its precincts, commanders and other officers. The stats end up being sent over to the FBI and placed in their crime stats reports. And the numbers […] Read On

Former NYPD Commission supports police body cams

April 24, 2015

The death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina cop has made a believer out of former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Kelly told ABC reporters this week that watching a video of the shooting taken by a bystander changed his mind. Kelly stated that the incident would likely not have occurred had the cop been wearing a body camera, knowing that his actions would be recorded. The video of the […] Read On

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