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Record #: R2014-289   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 4/30/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for hearing(s) regarding calculation of Chicago crime rates
Sponsors: Willie B. Cochran, Pope, John, Brookins, Jr., Howard, Lane, Lona, Reilly, Brendan, Thompson, JoAnn, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Austin, Carrie M., Sawyer, Roderick T., Cappleman, James, Hairston, Leslie A., Colón, Rey, Chandler, Michael D., Ervin, Jason C., Pawar, Ameya, Smith, Michele
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
Attachments: 1. R2014-289.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, Providing for the safety of the general public is the responsibility of the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department; and

WHEREAS, Part of protecting the public is the accurate reporting of crime statistics; and ,

WHEREAS, According to Year-end Chicago Police Department data, between 2010 and 2013 Chicago's overall "index crime" rate - which tracks homicides, criminal sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated batteries/assaults, burglaries, thefts, motor vehicle thefts and incidents of arson - have dropped nearly 19 percent a year, far beyond the expected decrease; and

WHEREAS, City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph M. Ferguson has recenjb^jnished an audit of Chicago Police Department assault-related crime data from 2012 and ^Nedgefc the Chicago Police Department has undercounted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent; and

WHEREAS, Unnamed individuals from within the Chicago Police Department interviewed for an April 7, 2014 report by Chicago Magazine confirm that the Chicago Police Department underreports (or changes the categorization of) certain violent crimes in order to show progress battling crime; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago Police Department refutes the findings and supports case status protocols and reporting methods, and

WHEREAS, the accusation of false reporting of information by the Chicago Police Department reporting methods cause a sense of frustration among the Police Department and distrust in the eyes of the public.

WHEREAS, the practice of underreporting prevents residents of the City of Chicago from getting an accurate understanding of crime in their city, elected officials from making the policy changes necessary to combat crime, and the hard-working rank-and-file members of the Chicago Police Department understand the impact of the work they are doing and the States Attorney from prosecuting and families experiencing the satisfaction of offender...

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