Manhattan Precinct Softens Crime Statistics

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More than 200 felony crimes reported last year in Manhattan’s 10th Precinct were improperly downgraded to misdemeanors in police statistics, making that area seem safer than it was, police officials said.

The 203 crimes, equivalent to about a quarter of all felonies recorded there in 2002, were reclassified as felonies after the statistical improprieties were uncovered during a six-month department investigation, according to the New York Times.

The probe of the 10th Precinct has focused on its former commander and a sergeant who earned more than 1,000 hours of overtime while handling the precinct’s statistics, officials said.


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