Inaccurate LAPD crime statistics prompt larger investigation
Los Angeles Times - 08/11/2014
Commission President Steve Soboroff said: “What is important is that there is integrity in the process and that the public has the perception that there is integrity in the process.”
Criminologist James Alan Fox, a professor at Northeastern University, agreed. He said flawed crime statistics can hurt public confidence in a police department.
“The bigger issue is the issue of trust,” Fox said. “How can we believe the crime trends when the people collecting data are the same who report the numbers and use it as a measure of success or failure?”