Ex-NYC Police Captain Repeats Charges on Crime Stat Manipulation


“Make no mistake: There are quotas, and that is illegal,” former New York City police captain John Eterno, told a forum last week organized by a group called the Police Reform Organizing Project, says the New York Times. the audience. Eterno once trained officers to stop and frisk. Now a professor at Molloy College, he and Professor Eli Silverman of John Jay College of Criminal Justice surveyed more than 100 retired police captains, and detail their findings in their recent book “The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation.”

The former captains reported what the Times calls “an unrelenting, often unethical pressure to manipulate crime statistics.” The Police Department launched a counterattack against the professors. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “There's always going to be some fudging of the numbers, but it is tiny,” he said, adding that the study “was paid for by one of the unions.” As it happens, Molloy College paid for the study. “Any suggestion of a chink in the armor of the ‘NYPD success story’ is very threatening. You're excommunicated,” says Silverman. “It's the holy of holies.”

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