Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn pledged to correct misreporting of 5,300 aggravated assaults since 2006 with the FBI, but the FBI allows revisions only for two years after crimes are reported, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Changes made in last year’s figures will not be reflected in the FBI’s Crime in the United States 2011 report to be released this fall, because “the publication process has passed the point where we can make adjustments,” said an FBI spokesman.
That means thousands of serious assaults misreported by Milwaukee police since 2006 will not be included in the FBI’s annual crime reports for those years. Figures from an internal department audit show 20 percent of aggravated assaults were underreported as lesser offenses that didn’t get counted in the city’s violent crime rate during that time. That error rate is 10 times higher than the accepted standard, a crime coding expert said.