NEW YORK – Council Member Rory I. Lancman, chair of the Committee on the Justice System, today introduced legislation requiring the NYPD to submit quarterly reports on the clearance rates of index crimes broken down by precinct. The bill also requires the NYPD to continually update previous clearance reports to reflect any crimes in which arrests were made following original publication.
“The public should know specifically which precincts are succeeding and which are struggling to solve major crimes,” said Council Member Lancman. “However, the clearance rate data the NYPD is currently providing is not detailed enough to identify areas that are having problems closing cases. My legislation would require the NYPD to report clearance rate data at the precinct-level, instead of just by borough, which would give the City a greater understanding of which precincts need assistance or additional resources.”
The City Council in 2017 passed legislation requiring the NYPD to produce quarterly reports on the clearance rates of index crimes by borough. The NYPD has posted these reports since Q4 2017.
However, recent reporting in both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times made clear the importance of having precinct-level data regularly reported by the NYPD in order to identify specific precincts with lower clearance rates.
The Wall Street Journal earlier this year produced an analysis of nondomestic homicides, and found certain precincts in poorer neighborhoods with majority-minority populations struggled to solve these cases. The New York Times in 2016 reported on the 40th Precinct in The Bronx, which “had the city’s highest murder rate… but the fewest detectives per violent crime.”