A much-anticipated FBI audit of the Milwaukee Police Department reviewed only 60 incidents and sheds little light on already-identified crime reporting flaws, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The audit, provided to the state Office of Justice Assistance, was conducted in May at the request of Police Chief Edward Flynn. He and other city officials have cited that request as evidence they were working to resolve the issue even before a Journal Sentinel investigation exposed problems with city crime data.
Of the 60 incidents reviewed by the FBI, five crimes were under-reported as minor offenses and there were no cases of over-reporting. Over the past three full years, Milwaukee police have reported an average of 256 criminal incidents and citations a day. That means the number reviewed represents less than a typical six hours of crime. Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and former president of the American Society of Criminology, said an adequate sample size depends on the frequency of specific crime types. For a category like assault at a large metro police department, he said, a sample of at least 500 cases would be required. Milwaukee Police Association president Mike Crivello said the FBI audit doesn't add much to understanding how deep the problems are or why they occurred. "I find it to be troublesome because if you already know that there are so many more issues, because they've proven it themselves, then a small test just doesn't have much to offer," he said.


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