Boston’s Davis Seeks “Outrageous” 10 Percent Crime Drop


Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said in a state-of-the-force speech that a 25 percent drop in crime over the past five years in the city is “progress,” but he wants to cut it by 10 percent more, reports the Boston Herald. Davis called it an “outrageous” goal that one police analyst said puts him in “dangerous territory.”

“If crime does go down, it'll be interesting to see if there's probability that the police did it,” said Eugene O'Donnell, professor of police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “It's the number that makes it dubious. If he was saying, 'In this category, we have a goal of 8 percent. This category is hard to nudge so we don't expect any drop here.' He's just saying categorically, across the board 10 percent. [ ] I think it's dangerous territory.” O'Donnell said historic factors and crime trends could carry as much weight as policing. He said Davis might fail by aiming that high, but he praised the commissioner's ambition.

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