Lies, Damn Lies...and Police Statistics

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From 2005 until 2012, the Los Angeles Police Department reported some 14,000 serious crimes as minor — making it look as if the rate of crime was falling faster than it really was: 7% faster for violent crime, 16% faster for cases of serious assault. The LAPD has confirmed a report by the LA Times, saying it’s concerned about public confidence.  We get perspective from a criminologist and a community activist.

Photo: Bill Bratton speaking at a seminar on his new book, Collaborate or Perish! Lessons for Politics, Business and Public Services, April 24, 2012. (Policy Exchange)




Warren Olney


Katie Cooper, Anna Scott