It's unfair to judge a police department solely against the crime stats of the previous year. Numbers can fluctuate from one year to the next. What matters is improvement over the long run.
Over the past few months, there has been much attention on the rising number of shootings in New York City this year--up 10 percent from this time last year. Must be the fault of new mayor De Blasio or new stop-and-frisk policies, some have said. But then there's also this stat: the number of shootings are down 22 percent from this time two years ago.
This is the message the NYPD has been trying to get people to understand. The city is, in fact, getting safer with time.More »