FORMER POLICE COMM. BRATTON CHALLENGES NY CRIME COMMISSION'S FINDINGS THAT STATS ARE MANIPULATED.

William Bratton

Last week we posted a press release from the Citizen’s Crime Commission, an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization, which questioned the accuracy of some of the crime statistics due to pressure precincts felt to “downgrade index crime to the point of manipulation of statistics.” This is based on a survey of retired “high-ranking” New York Police Department personnel conducted by John Eterno, a retired NYPD captain, and Eli Silverman, a professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.   

However according to William Bratton, New York City police commissioner from 1994 to 1996, the survey isn’t as telling as it may seem. In an Op-Ed contribution to the New York Times Bratton questions the validity of the survey, arguing that of the nearly 500 surveyed only about 1/3 said they knew of downgrading however none of them were asked if they had witnessed downgrading or only heard about it.  
 
Bratton also looks at the numbers. His analysis suggests that crime statistics are in all likelihood more accurate and a lot less dubious than the Commission’s campaign would have it seem. For instance can certain statistics really be manipulated? When a murdered body is found, doesn’t that generally automatically check one in the homicide box?
 
To check out Bratton’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times click here.

 

 

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