Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chief Sinclair Making a Difference in Nazareth PD

Below you will find Nazareth crime data between 2000 and 2007. It's a joke. In 2002, Nazareth reported no crime at all. In 2003, it never bothered to forward any data. Clearance rates flutter between 15% and 72%.

























































Year

Crimes Reported

Crimes Cleared

Clearance Rate

2000

429

64

15%

2001

29

10

34%

2002

0

0

?

2003

no data

no data

no data

2004

51

13

25%

2005

564

167

30%

2006

590

179

30%

2007

430

310

72%

Source: Pennsylvania State Police
Fortunately, the silliness has stopped. Nazareth reached outside for its new police chief, Michael Sinclair, a 29-year veteran from Philly. He wants "accurate statistics" and "good intelligence." In contrast to the previous practice of keeping things hushed up, Sinclair has started "crime bulletins" to alert the community if there is a rash of crime. "When you have 1,000 robberies, it is not 1,000 different people. It's usually the same handful." Sinclair brings much needed professionalism to Nazareth. When you have 1,000 parking tickets, that's usually a small handful of miscreants, too. I know. I'm one of them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now if Nazareth could just stop ignoring it's obvious problem with drug sales all over the borough.