Peter Vallone Jr. May Call for A Hearing, As Mayor Michael Bloomberg Defends Accuracy of Crime Stats

By Nina Mandell on February 9, 2010 12:22pm | Updated on February 9, 2010 12:19pm

NYC Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. may hold a public hearing on reports of crime stats being falsified.
NYC Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. may hold a public hearing on reports of crime stats being falsified.
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 MANHATTAN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the accuracy of the NYPD’s crime stats on Monday following recent reports that cops routinely distorted the reports because of pressure to reduce crime.

"There's always going to be some fudging of the numbers, but it is tiny," the mayor said at a press conference on Monday, the Daily News reported. "I have an enormous amount of confidence in the data."

Bloomberg went on to question the accuracy of the recent survey in which hundreds of NYPD commanders said there was widespread pressure to change data entered into the city's CompState database.

Local politicians are split on the accuracy of NYPD’s crime stats.

During a Monday press conference City Council Member and Chair of the Public Safety Committee Peter Vallone said he would consider holding a hearing on the manner if he could find credible witnesses to testify.

“These crime stats are being used to justify the biggest reduction in police in history,” he said. “They better damn well be accurate.”

 

 

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