Gangs of New York Database

The Story

The NYPD maintains a database of New Yorkers who are likely members of gangs or street crews, updating it regularly and removing names of those no longer appearing to have such involvement. Advocates for criminal justice reform and elected officials question the need for the system, suggesting that it is racially biased and an abuse of police power. But when gangs commit so much of the city’s crime, maintaining the database makes obvious good sense.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Gangs: At least 25%, and perhaps as much as 50%, of New York City’s murders are gang-related. Read more.

  2. Lists: Predictive policing, including tools such as the gang database, is in large part responsible for the decline of crime in New York City over the past quarter-century. Read more.

  3. People: The racial makeup of the gang database almost precisely matches the demographics of people involved in shootings in New York. Read more.

“Collecting data on members of criminal organizations is nothing new.”

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Who Saved New York? By Myron Magnet (April 3, 2018)

“The praise for New York’s crime drop during the Dinkins administration belongs to Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Robert Kiley’s inspired choice of Boston cop William Bratton to head New York’s transit police in 1990. ”

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