senate Bill S6531

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to accurate reporting of crime statistics in New York city

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Feb 03, 2014 referred to cities

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S6531 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7481A
Current Committee:
Law Section:
New York City Administrative Code
Laws Affected:
Amd §14-150, NYC Ad Cd

S6531 - Bill Texts

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Relates to accurate reporting of crime statistics in New York city; requires data be separated where a precinct includes one or more correctional facility, detention facility, transportation facility or other location that is within the boundaries of the precinct but to which officers of the precinct are not assigned the duty to patrol and respond to incidents.

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BILL NUMBER:S6531

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the administrative code of the city of
New York, in relation to accurate reporting of crime statistics

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: Requires the NYC Police
Department to maintain crime statistics compiled from correctional
facilities, detentions centers, and inmate transportation facilities
separate from crime statistics compiled in neighborhoods delineated by
police precincts.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Section 14-150 of the administrative code of the city of
New York is amended by adding a new subdivision d to read as follows:

d. 1. The department shall ensure that crime statistics and similar
data are reported in a manner that is accurate and not misleading when
a precinct includes one or correctional facilities, detention
facilities, transportation facilities or other locations that are
within the boundaries of the precinct but to which officers of the
precinct are not assigned the duty to patrol and respond to incidents.

d. 2. When providing an interactive crime map on the city's website
pursuant to subdivision r of section one thousand seventy-two of the
New York city charter or when issuing any report involving crime
statistics or similar data to the public, either in print or
electronic form, which reports such data for an entire precinct, the
department shall also report on a disaggregated basis: (i) any such
data representing incidents attributable to those locations within the
boundaries of a precinct to which officers of the precinct are
assigned to patrol and respond to incidents; and (ii) any such data
representing incidents attributable to correctional facility,
detention facility, transportation facility or other location that is
within the boundaries of the precinct, but to which officers of the
precinct are not assigned the duty to patrol and respond to incidents.

Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015

JUSTIFICATION: Currently, crimes occurring at correctional facilities
located in the same zip code as communities and neighborhoods are
lumped together and present a skewed accounting of crime activity in
such neighborhoods. This data is used by home, property and care
insurers to determine policy rates.

Since the data is skewed by criminal activity at correctional
facilities, insurance rates paid by adjacent resident are higher than
they should be. In addition, neighborhood demographics that use this
data present art image of for impacted communities that indicate
higher rates of crime then is actually the case. This legislation will
resolve this problem by maintaining separate crime statistics
involving correctional facilities.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2014: New bill in Senate/A.7481 - Referred
to Cities committee 2013: A.7481 - Referred to Cities committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: None


EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2015; provided
that local law of the city of New York requiring the department of
information technology and telecommunications to create and maintain
an interactive crime mapping website, as proposed in Int. 0984-2012.
Otherwise Section 1 of this act will take effect on the same date and
in manner of such a local law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6531

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 3, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  DIAZ  --  read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities

AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the  city  of  New  York,  in
  relation to accurate reporting of crime statistics

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 14-150 of the administrative code of  the  city  of
New York is amended by adding a new subdivision d to read as follows:
  D.  1.  THE  DEPARTMENT SHALL ENSURE THAT CRIME STATISTICS AND SIMILAR
DATA ARE REPORTED IN A MANNER THAT IS ACCURATE AND NOT MISLEADING WHEN A
PRECINCT INCLUDES ONE OR MORE CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES, DETENTION FACILI-
TIES, TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES OR OTHER LOCATIONS THAT ARE  WITHIN  THE
BOUNDARIES OF THE PRECINCT BUT TO WHICH OFFICERS OF THE PRECINCT ARE NOT
ASSIGNED THE DUTY TO PATROL AND RESPOND TO INCIDENTS.
  2.  WHEN  PROVIDING  AN  INTERACTIVE  CRIME  MAP ON THE CITY'S WEBSITE
PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION R OF SECTION ONE THOUSAND SEVENTY-TWO OF THE NEW
YORK CITY CHARTER OR WHEN ISSUING ANY REPORT INVOLVING CRIME  STATISTICS
OR SIMILAR DATA TO THE PUBLIC, EITHER IN PRINT OR ELECTRONIC FORM, WHICH
REPORTS  SUCH  DATA  FOR  AN  ENTIRE PRECINCT, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ALSO
REPORT ON A DISAGGREGATED BASIS: (I) ANY SUCH  DATA  REPRESENTING  INCI-
DENTS  ATTRIBUTABLE  TO  THOSE  LOCATIONS  WITHIN  THE  BOUNDARIES  OF A
PRECINCT TO WHICH OFFICERS OF THE PRECINCT ARE ASSIGNED  TO  PATROL  AND
RESPOND  TO  INCIDENTS;  AND  (II)  ANY SUCH DATA REPRESENTING INCIDENTS
ATTRIBUTABLE TO A CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, DETENTION FACILITY, TRANSPORTA-
TION FACILITY OR OTHER LOCATION THAT IS WITHIN  THE  BOUNDARIES  OF  THE
PRECINCT,  BUT  TO  WHICH  OFFICERS OF THE PRECINCT ARE NOT ASSIGNED THE
DUTY TO PATROL AND RESPOND TO INCIDENTS.  ANY REPORTING OF SUCH DATA  ON
AN  AGGREGATED  BASIS SHALL CLEARLY INDICATE THAT THE DATA INCLUDES BOTH
AREAS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE  PRECINCT  AND  OTHER  LOCATIONS  OR
FACILITY  AREAS THAT ARE NOT UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE PRECINCT, AND
SHALL IDENTIFY SUCH OTHER LOCATIONS OR FACILITIES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10906-03-4

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