Incentive Pay (and Political Pressure) Depresses Crime Reporting in NY

Be careful what you measure and reward:

… send victims to other precincts, discount them because they weren’t totally cooperative, reclassify a crime, delay recording a crime, or reject a crime because they didn’t think prosecutors would pursue a conviction.

These are all dodges that have evolved in the era of CompStat, the NYPD’s widely copied crime-fighting strategy, which ties career promotions to crime numbers, creating a strong incentive for commanders to downgrade reports.

All of which helps Bloomberg’s administration and brings tourism and investment to NYC.

via (also, heinous whistleblower retaliation)