Facing questions over whether crime statistics have been manipulated to cast the New York Police Department in a positive light, police commissioner Raymond Kelly chose three former federal prosecutors to review the department's internal crime-reporting system, the New York Times reports. The Crime Reporting Review Committee will be given broad access to people and documents to review the ways the police department records, tracks and audits its own crime numbers.
“The integrity of our crime-reporting system is of the utmost importance to the department,” Kelly said. The three panel members have worked in the United States attorney's office in Manhattan. They are David Kelley, who led the office from 2003 to 2005; Sharon McCarthy, who was a special counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he was state attorney general, and Robert Morvillo, a defense lawyer who is perhaps best known for defending Martha Stewart. Commissioner Kelly said the panel would look at “summary documents” on the nature and trends in crime classification; visit station houses to see the crime-reporting system firsthand; review the discipline meted out when problems are discovered; and assess how the police makes data public.