Minimizing Violence

The Story

A recent investigation uncovered the disturbing news that the city’s Department of Homeless Services has changed the way that it records violent incidents in shelters, to minimize the number of reported assaults. Similarly, the Department of Education has fudged school-discipline statistics, making it hard to tell if schools are getting safer or more dangerous. Mayor de Blasio’s administration should stop manipulating metrics and let New Yorkers get a clear idea of what’s going on in their city. 



The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Violent: New York City students reported higher levels of violence and disorder after Mayor de Blasio limited suspensions. Read more.

  2. Critical: The city changed the reporting criteria for “critical incidents” in homeless shelters, thus creating the impression of reduced violence. Read more.

  3. Compare: The city has changed the questions it asks about safety on school surveys, making it impossible to draw year-over-year comparisons. Read more.

“The city found a way to say crimes are down in New York City public schools by changing crimes, and they found a way to say that crime is down in New York City shelters by simply not reporting it.”

Derek Jackson, Director of Law Enforcement Division, Teamsters Local 237

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

“Official statistics tell police they are doing a great job. Meanwhile, citizens are in hiding. How can we gauge the community’s true needs?”

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