State probe clears Miami police of falsifying crime data
Report: Miami crime figures correct
A state investigation has found no evidence of systematic efforts by Miami Police brass to suppress city crime statistics — but found that some underlings nevertheless felt pressure to skew the numbers.
A report released Monday pinned the problem on the department’s handling of Compstat, a computerized system that tracks crime trends, championed by Police Chief John Timoney as a valuable tool.
Compstat’s goal ” is to ensure that district commanders are taking every available measure to address the crime issues in their respective area,” said the report by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. ” In some cases, this caused members, when given the option of classifying a case … the incentive to decide on behalf of the lesser classification in an attempt to show positive results in Compstat meetings.”
BY: JENNIFER LEBOVICH jlebovich@MiamiHerald.com
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