NYPD releases school crime statistics after criticism from City Council
The NYPD has now made 2002-2003 school crime statistics available to the public.
Following some criticism from the City Council, the NYPD released the statistics, which show that violent crimes are occurring even at the elementary school level in the Bronx. The report finds that incidents such as arson, bomb threats and homicides are taking place in Bronx schools.
The report found that at the Benjamin Franklin School, 4.5 major crime incidents occurred per 1,000 students. Major crimes are considered felony assault, burglary, larceny and homicide among others.
The City Council had criticized the NYPD for not making the statistics available to parents.