September 13, 1991 |
Police Commissioner Willie L. Williams yesterday defended preliminary statistics indicating that major crimes in Philadelphia fell substantially during the first half of 1991. "I find it personally offensive that people would indicate there is a deliberate and concerted effort to keep crime statistics down," Williams said. "I take personal and professional exception to people who indicate there is some concerted effort to do so. If people have some information, I encourage them to bring it forward.
June 4, 1987 |
The Borough of Rutledge has such a low crime rate it doesn't even merit a percentage point on state crime statistics, according to the state. Rutledge Mayor Don McKinney told council members at this week's regular meeting that the borough has tallied only 93 criminal complaints for the entire year. The statewide average, he said, is 580 calls per 1,000 residents. "We don't even register on the scales," he said, "not that I'm complaining. " To illustrate the borough's low crime rate, McKinney read off the police report for the month of May: one theft, one domestic fight, five traffic arrests and 22 tickets for speeding and other traffic offenses.
April 14, 1991 |
Kathleen Milczarek knows how to stay out of trouble in Center City. She stays underground. Every morning, she takes public transportation from her home in Fox Chase to Center City. Once there, she makes her way through the underground concourse near City Hall to her office in the Municipal Services Building, where she works as a secretary. Every afternoon, she does the trip in reverse. That way, she never has to be on the city streets she finds so threatening. "I wouldn't feel comfortable," she says, "because of the stigma of Center City.
July 2, 1998 |
A Philadelphia police captain who had reported a drop in crime in his West Philadelphia district was transferred out of his job Friday after a police review questioned the validity of his crime statistics. Capt. Daniel Castro, 34, was moved out of the 16th District, where he had worked since October 1997, and reassigned to night work with the command inspections bureau. Through a spokeswoman, Police Commissioner John Timoney called the move an "internal matter. " Thomas Walsh, who had worked in command inspections, was named the new captain.
August 10, 1998 |
Persisting in an endeavor to purge the city of inaccurate crime statistics and the cops who compile them, Police Commissioner John Timoney has reassigned a veteran commander to the Command Inspections Bureau at police headquarters. For 47-year-old Capt. Gerard Levins, once the captain of a high-profile, low-crime district in the Northeast and the second captain in two months to be transferred for undercounting crimes, it means the months ahead will be spent working nights. The department has a recent history of crime-counting snafus.
September 4, 1998 |
Responding to growing evidence that Philadelphia police have been underreporting crime, the City Controller's Office soon will begin an independent audit in an effort to determine the extent of the problem and restore public confidence in the statistics. The Controller's Office has audited aspects of police performance, such as spending on the 911 system, but it has never examined the city's overall system for counting crime. Controller Jonathan A. Saidel, who met with Police Commissioner John F. Timoney last week to discuss the audit, said yesterday that he had ordered the review because of widespread public doubt about official crime figures.
August 9, 1998 |
For the second time in less than two months, a Philadelphia police captain has been stripped of his command after department investigators questioned the accuracy of crime statistics for his district. Capt. Gerard Levins, 47, lost his post as commander of the Second Police District in Northeast Philadelphia, the department announced Friday. Tomorrow, he is to begin working nights as a commander at Police Headquarters. The transfer does not affect Levins' rank. The action by Police Commissioner John F. Timoney comes two weeks after he declared that he had no confidence in the crime statistics given him for Philadelphia for this year.
November 15, 1998 |
For the first time, the City Controller's Office is auditing police crime figures. Soon, the Police Department will begin using sting tactics on its own officers, having undercover investigators pose as crime victims to see whether police report the incidents properly. Now, the Justice Department is starting an inquiry into the fudging of crime statistics in the nation's fifth-largest city. Rarely if ever has there been so much pressure on Philadelphia police to present an accurate picture of crime.
December 2, 2005 |
Last month, Camden was labeled the "most dangerous city in America" for the second consecutive year, based on rankings by Morgan Quitno Press. Because the rankings were derived from 2004 Uniform Crime Reporting data given to the FBI by police departments, local officials criticized them for not reflecting improvements made in 2005. Those improvements will be factored into next year's rankings, and it is too early to tell where Camden will fall on that list. The FBI, meanwhile, cautions against using Uniform Crime Reporting data to rank cities because "they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, or region.
December 11, 1998 |
So there's this cop up in the 14th District, see, and he goes to investigate the theft of a cell phone. What's he do? He calls the number. And - can you believe this? - the knucklehead answers. The cop pretends he's the owner. Tells the thief: "Hey, this phone really likes me. Will you take $50 for it?" Sure enough, the guy agrees, they meet. Bingo! An arrest. Captain Joseph Marker told that story yesterday, and the assembled brass roared. "But here's why I wanted to tell you this," Marker said.