What’s in a number? NYPD officers admit fudging crime stats

Two criminologists conducted a survey of some 1,962 retired NYPD police officers. What they found was that many, nearly half of recent retirees admitted to having “personal knowledge” of crime-report manipulation. According to the New York Times, this manipulation could include downgrading offenses or encouraging witnesses to not report crimes—all in an effort to make the crime statistics of the city seem lower than they actually are. Continue reading “What’s in a number? NYPD officers admit fudging crime stats”