NYPD’s Long War Over Crime Stats

January 26, 2011  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — City officials have locked horns with academicians, journalists and politicians skeptical about the accuracy of the crime statistics since 1997, three years after the New York Police Department began using a new crime-tracking system they were crediting for a 20% drop in major crime.  The system called Compstat required that police commanders attend weekly meetings at police headquarters in which they discussed crime activity in their precincts. Commanders had to explain how they were combatting crime spikes.

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