The change on Nostrand will make the one on Franklin look minor
Slightly off subject but I read an article in Newsday few days back that because the cops aren't doing as much "stop and frisk" as they used to crime is up quite a bit in many precincts. In the 79th I think the number stated was 12% across the board.
I would hesitate to tie an increase in crime to one factor, such as a decrease in "stop and frisk". While patterns certainly exist, crime is not something that can be easily predicted or controlled.
...Nor can progress be seen over a short period of time.
I believe Stop and Frisk is an effective when properly used. So far, I am not aware that the media attention on the issue has caused the police to refrain from stopping anyone they believe to be carrying a weapon; they are simply using their powers more judicially.
When I attend District Cabinet meetings, the precincts always report their crime statistics. The decrease in stop and frisk is not related to an increase in crime. Its the decrease in employment opportunities and resources.Not to mention the last two academy classes are horrid. The officers on the beat look like they barely made it through the physical exam. I don't think the officers are trained properly. If they were the stop and frisk component would not be questioned and compromised as much.
The problem is that the number of "Stop, Question, Frisk" reports prepared by any given police officer became a means of measuring that officers "effectiveness." It became quantity over quality and in all honesty a good number of reports were probably fabricated or atleast exagerated in order to meet the "productivity goal."
The supreme court has ruled on the side of police with regard to stopping/frisking/searching people. It is not "program" but an allowed procedure in certain circumstances that is recorded on a report for statistical and investigative purposes.
Do you think the recent reduction in stop in frisks has been overstated, because officers are simply not completing the reports?
Or, is more that they actually doing less stop and frisks because the higher ups are being told that is not effective way to measure the performance of MOS?
Or, are officers simply doing less stops because they are told to use their rights more judicially?
I suspect it likely the result of all of the above, plus some fudging of data by the data people.
...if only there was a objective was to measure the daily work of a MOS, a job that is inherently filled with judgement calls and discretion.