Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Lies, damned lies and statistics

From the Daily News:

Police brass are investigating claims by a veteran captain who alleges that some NYPD commanders are misclassifying felonies to hold down crime statistics in a bid to further their careers.

Capt. Marash Vucinaj has gathered 156 cases over the past two years from multiple commands that he contends show a pattern of downgrading some felony-level crimes to misdemeanors. The crimes include thefts and attempted thefts, assaults and assaults on cops. He does not claim the manipulation extends to murders and rapes.

The purpose, he said, is to shift crimes out of the all-important index crime category — made up of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny and auto theft.

13 comments:

(sarc) said...

Let us not forget the protection of the "undocumented" aliens who are finding sanctuary in our city...

Anonymous said...

Doesn't every police force do this? Seems like SOP to me.

JQ LLC said...

The NYPD's manipulation of crime stats resembles the shady machinations and phraseology of the craftiest public relations firms. Say Berlin/Rosen.

JQ LLC said...

This isn't SOP, this is a conspiracy to foster the illusion of towns becoming safer so market values, rental and home, can go up. This is why neighborhoods like Bushwick and Bed-Stuy has seen a massive uptick in white residents even though poverty and crime still happens there.

The last time chicanery like this was going on was when it was exposed by a regular cop, Adrian Schoolcraft and the NYPD tried to institutionalize him and the city eventually gave him a settlement to leave town. This time it's a decorated Captain and a city being run by an inveterate liar mayor.

Tommy Efreeti said...

^What JQ said, and let me say I'll stand partially corrected, should this be further substantiated, in regards to an older post commenting that I hadn't heard of this much since the days COMPSTAT was first implemented.

Gah, I remember that Schoolcraft tale - tragic.

Anonymous said...

COMPSTAT..."Now there's a name I've not heard in a long, long time. A long time."

Anonymous said...

My nephew is "on the job" If they refuse to their heads at certain things or certain times of day & night cops get put in a doghouse. Even the captains of the PCTs
Its all the Mayor and commissioners doing because there is no more space to lock people up compounded by all the overtime costs for processing officers, cops, DAs and judges. Even the fingerprint takers.

The city's going to hell and bankrupt, most dont realize this or refuse to see it.

Anonymous said...

Mark Twain "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

SickoftheBS said...

If you want to know the real crime stats in New York, you have to take the official numbers and multiply by two. Why? Its because half of the crime in New York City goes unreported. I had a friend whose father used to work for the NYPD years ago and said half the crime in this city goes unreported. Now its the people who work for the city actively doctoring crime statistics.
The only time I felt reasonably safe here was when Giuliani was mayor and the first term of Bloomberg, other than that its been steadily going downhill.

Anonymous said...

"If they refuse to their heads at certain things or certain times of day & night cops get put in a doghouse"

This isn't a sentence and makes no sense. If you have something to say, then say it.

Anonymous said...

77% of statistics are made up

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous said...
"77% of statistics are made up"
That's a good one !

Anonymous said...

"I never said most of the things I said." Yogi