NYC Study Finds Decline in Misdemeanor Arrests Following Changes in Policing Strategy


A survey tracking enforcement rates in New York City found a significant decline in misdemeanor arrests and summonses in what authors suggested was a result of significant changes in NYPD policing strategy, such as a reduction in the use of stop-and-frisk tactics by officers. According to the study, prepared by Prof. Preeti Chaudhan of John Jay College and five other authors, there were “approximately 800,000 fewer enforcement activities” between 2011 and 2014.

The study by the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice showed that the level of arrests of African-Americans in particular had significantly dropped during that time period. NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton's strategy of allowing “police resources to be redeployed to better use” as part of his so-called “Peace Dividend” from the plummeting crime rates in New York. was a direct inspiration for the new strategy, which gives police greater discretion in exercising authority, and reduce(s) the number of negative interactions with the public,” said the study, entitled “Tracking Enforcement Rates in New York City, 2003-2014.”

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