When the inspector general of the New York Police Department said this summer that cracking down on minor offenses such as public urination had no effect on reducing more serious crimes, department officials called the methodology “deeply flawed.” Yesterday, in an unusually forceful rebuke, the police department rolled out its own detailed report that blasted the watchdog agency while defending the ”broken windows” approach to policing, a philosophy that has long defined how officers in the city have approached crime . . .
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