Boston’s Davis to Journalists: Don’t Overemphasize Crime Stats

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Running community policing programs well is more important than bringing crime statistics down, says Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis. Speaking to a national journalism convention yesterday in Boston, Davis said that while reducing crime numbers is important, "what matters is how the public feels about" police department efforts. He said, for example, that police flooding an area where drug sales are rife will produce high arrest numbers. He added, "That's not the solution to the problem, and it can increase the public distrust of the police." He urged journalists not to take a "myopic view" of crime statistics . . .

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