NYPD yet to review crime reporting policies
by Heather Senison
Jun 21, 2012 | 1062 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A three-person Crime Reporting Review Committee appointed by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is yet to fulfill a pledge to review the Police Department's policies regarding crime reports.

According to a January 5, 2011, press release from Kelly, the committee was to, among other things, receive detailed briefings on the Police Department's (NYPD) crime reporting system, review documents on crime and misclassification trends, visit field commands to get an understanding of crime reporting in operation and attend COMPSTAT meetings.

The panel was also responsible for reviewing the NYPD's disciplinary system regarding cases related to crime reporting, and assess the department's public dissemination of crime data and its ability to maintain public confidence in crime statistics.

According to the January 2011 press release, the committee was asked to complete its work within three to six months of formation.

Kelly appointed David Kelley, Sharon McCarthy and Robert Morvillo - three prominent attorneys and former federal prosecutors – to the Crime Reporting Review Committee. Morvillo passed away in December 2011 at age 73.

“The integrity of our crime reporting system is of the utmost importance to the department,” Kelly said in the January 2011 press release. “It is essential not only for maintaining the confidence of the people we serve, but reliable crime statistics are necessary for the effective planning and evaluation of crime reduction strategies.”

However, according to the City Council Public Safety Committee, findings from the panel are yet to be released.

Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. who chairs the Public Safety Committee, sent a letter to Kelly in February 2012 and another in March asking for the findings from the Crime Reporting Review Committee, but hasn't received a response.

Requests by this paper for comment from the NYPD's Deputy Inspector for Public Information also went unanswered.

"For the last year I've been receiving reports of public safety throughout the city regarding the NYPD's refusal to take reports," Vallone said in a recent interview. "I have received no response as to when we can expect the results of this commission's study."

Vallone said he wants to see the committee's work before the end of his and the mayor's terms so they can act on the results.

He's heard complaints from the public that range from the police saying they're unable to take a report on a crime that happened the day before, and complainants being asked to come to the precinct to file a report.

"Obviously that's going to keep crime down, a lot of complainants just don't have the time," Vallone said.

However, when asked if he believes the Crime Reporting Review Committee performed the work it was charged with, Vallone replied, “I have no reason to believe that they have not. Ray Kelly says he's going to do something, he does it."

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