Dean asks for audit of Metro police crime statistics

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 5:19pm
Staff reports

Mayor Karl Dean announced an internal audit of Metro Police Department's crime stats reporting methods late Friday afternoon.

"There have been questions raised in the public about the validity of Nashville's crime statistics," Dean said, according to a release. "Public safety is a top priority, and it's just as important that people feel they are safe."

In a letter, Dean asked the Office of Internal Audit to review the police department's methods of collecting and reporting crime statistics, compare them to other department's and recommend changes to the methods.

11 Comments on this post:

By: WickedTribe on 5/14/10 at 7:14

Wow, I'm impressed. Way to go Karl Dean. This looks like stabbing Ron Serpas in the back too, so that's another plus.

By: Chris72 on 5/14/10 at 9:20

I'm somewhat new to the area, and apparantly this has been an issue for some time judging by comments I've been reading on forums and such. So, I'm curious....why is this just being done now after the chief has already resigned? Why wasn't this done sooner? Interesting.......

By: KITTYG55 on 5/14/10 at 9:23

I too am impressed. My father's favorite saying if he thought something was wrong was
"Something doesn't smell right"! This fits this situation perfectly. Start really digging Mayor Dean and staff and don't stop until it is completely clear!!

By: terry r payne on 5/14/10 at 10:04

mnpd is a joke. Fouled up the paperwork so bad, they never prosecuted me for my 3rd, 4th, or 5th DUI.Dumbasses

By: JAMESJR on 5/14/10 at 11:21

terry r payne
You have committed 5 DUI offenses and you are calling mnpd names? You are a loser and ought to be locked up for good.

By: flyboy0407 on 5/15/10 at 10:25

mayor dean if the citizens of nashville cant smell the stench of your little inquiry it would only be because their noses are still numb from the flood waters that you failed to protect them from! why would you call for an audit now that your right hand man has left office, were you afraid of him? just as your incompetence showed during the flood, all actions by your department heads whether they be good or bad falls back on you as the leader of the nashville government......you were a lawyer i guess you forgot that part! now do you really want to open the lid on this can of snakes because once its open you cant put the lid back on! you knew whatever it was that serpas was doing! remember the message that was sent to the businesses on 1st avenue after the corps of engineers warned you "we have no sanbags or sand, you are on your on"; well serpas is gone back to those snakes that he came from in new orleans so whatever illegal or inept practices that you uncover you will be the one blamed and left to deal with! as the leader of the metro government if you thought something was going wrong in the police department it was your duty to find out what it was and fix it while serpas was still there, not act like a coward and wait until he's gone! if its one thing i can say about serpas, he did what he wanted to do and didn't care about the fallout! now how about you be a man and stop that audit and use the money that it wouldve cost and give an ex employee their job back!

By: govskeptic on 5/15/10 at 4:30

Chris72, even though new to the area, hit the nail on the head! The good mayor had his head in the sand if he hadn't heard many voices question those stats long before Phil's reports. I suppose he like, Mayor Purcell, just loved to hear the Chief sign his song of being the greatest, and putting Nashville onto his goal of safest of cities.

Maybe the audit will give us "just the facts,Mame", like Sgt. Friday requested!

By: idgaf on 5/17/10 at 5:13

How are you going to audit crime statistics that have been "ruged". (hidden under the rug and not reported)

Its a waste of time.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/17/10 at 8:30

id, you can take the same set of statistics and look at them from different perspectives to get the numbers you want. better late than never.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 5/17/10 at 11:27

From another post:
About three years ago our business was broken into one night. They broke the glass in the front door entered the building, broke open a office door and stole the petty cash. Possibly a inside job, buts that's not the point. When the break-in was discovered the next morning and the police came to make a report they were forced to classify the event as vandalism. This was they said because of the Chiefs new policy of crime statistics. So, while burglaries go down vandalism goes up. We all know what you can do with statistics.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/17/10 at 12:06

damn, judy. that's awful. not only does it affect statistics, it also determines how the individual will be sentenced if found guilty. that sucks all the way around.