The New York Times reports that, "Intense pressure to produce annual crime reductions led some supervisors and precinct commanders to manipulate crime statistics."
I'm shocked. Shocked.
Reclassifying a $1,100 theft as a $950 theft isn't the end of the world. But a police culture where it's OK to play a bit fast and loose with the numbers is in nobody's best interests.
Plus, if you play with the numbers this year, you have to play with the numbers next year just to keep even.
Does this mean the crime drop is a lie? No. Of course not.
But it does mean that hard-working and well intentioned officers are under too much pressure to produce better and better "stats."