Cops & Crime Research

Cops & Crime Essentials Cheatsheet

NYC and NYS Crime and Law Enforcement Statistics

NYPD weekly Citywide Crime stats, includes historical data.

Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI) — 646-610-6700.

My Neighborhood Statistics — access through CD Profile data resources. Here’s Brooklyn CD # 3.

NYC Medical Examiner’s Office — investigate deaths of persons in occurring from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, or in any unusual or suspicious manner

Mayor’s Management Report — annual review of NYC data, including police, corrections, juvenile justice, probation

NYC Council Committee on Public Safety — Comprehensive reports, data and testimony.
Search using Google Toolbar — ex.: site:legistar.council.nyc.gov marijuana AND “public safety”.

Civilian Complaint Review Board — investigates complaints against NYPD view case profiles, statistics & reports

NYS Office of Victims Services — annual report of state agency providing compensation and other services to crime victims

NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services — statistics on crime, law enforcement and arrests, probation and incarceration. You should call press office of this agency when you need historical statistics for crime in your CD or neighborhood. Email dcjsstats@dcjs.ny.gov or call their media relations number, (518) 457-8828. They typically need some lead time for statistics requests, usually can turn around in 24 hours.

NYS Criminal Justice Agency Directory — search by type of agency and county

NYC Criminal Court Annual Reports

NYC Drug Court Initiative Annual Reports

NYC Criminal Caseload Stats

NYS Prison Sentencing Database — 2000-2011 stats by county from Poughkeepsie Journal

Federal Crime and Law Enforcement Statistics

US Bureau of Justice Statistics Data Collections — federal data on crime, law enforcement, corrections and courts; Data Analysis Tools — generate data for comparative analysis on trends, arrests, recidivism, etc.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics — easy to use collection of US Bureau of Justice Statistics data compiled by University of Albany’s Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center

FBI Uniform Crime Report — data on index crimes (violent and property) from law enforcement agencies across the US

TracFed — federal data analysis tool (1986-2011), includes info on prosecutions, convictions (click on the page icon to pull up report)

Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center — federal law enforcement, prosecution and incarceration statistics (1998-2009)

Pew Center on the States Public Safety Performance Project — data-driven reports and news on sentencing and corrections

State and Local Criminal History (rapsheet) and Court Cases

NYS Webcrims (login as a public user) — docket info on pending criminal cases in local and superior courts in 13 counties and summons cases for all of New York City, updated nightly

NYS Criminal History Record Search Fee-based ($65.00) — statewide criminal history search, from the NYS Office of Court Admin.

Local Law enforcement or court sites, like the sheriff’s office, county jail or local court. Some may have databases, and if not, call them. You can sometimes find arrest record, mugshots, etc.

Call the county district attorney/prosecutor’s public information/communications office, or check the website for details. Many times you can get criminal history, case info and documents — ex.: DA’s Office for New York County.

NYS Unified Courts press center website — contacts and latest from NYS courts, sometimes includes documents and info on major court cases

NYS Courts Press “What’s New” — latest news from NYS Unified Courts, sometimes has documents from prominent cases

Lexis Academic has info on cases where a motion was decided in higher court. Here is a tutorial on how to find cases on Lexis. It’s easier to search than these two NYS decisions sites:

Supreme Court Civil and Criminal decisions dating back to 2001, NYS Appellate Court Decisions and NYS Dept of Correctional Services inmate lookup. The last includes every defendant sentenced to NYS prison since the early 1970′s, except youthful offenders and those who have had their convictions set aside by a court.

NYC Dept of Corrections inmate lookup — goes back to Sept 2005, NOTE: won’t show up in here after 30 days post release.

NYS Division of Parole and NYS Division of Probation Parolee Lookup

New York State Sex Offender Registry — registered sex offenders in NY classified by risk of re-offense

Federal Criminal History (rapsheet) and Court Cases

Public Access to Court Records (PACER) — search for federal court records (including documents) in all district and appellate courts. See Barbara or Tinamarie in the Research Center for access.

Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator — retrieves age, race, and gender for current and former inmates from 1982 to present

National Sex Offender Public Website — search by name

Family Watchdog search for sex offenders by address

For other states, look for sites similar to those in NYC or NYS, like: CT Criminal Case Lookup, or NJ Superior Court Convictions.

Locate Attorneys

NYS Attorney Search — listing of attorneys registered with NYS Court system

Martindale.com Lawyer search

Findlaw

Experts

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) Phone Directory; Public Relations.

Vera Institute of Justice

Colleen Long of AP recommends University of California-Berkeley criminal justice expert Franklin Zimring.

Additional Resources

Guide to NYC Arraignments from criminal defense attorneys Shalley & Murray

Covering Crime and Justice, a Guide for Journalists written and edited by Criminal Justice Journalists

The Crime Report — criminal justice news and resources for journalists including experts, organizations and statistics. Published by Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Asking the Right Questions on the Crime Beat, Poynter Institute

DCPI email & Colleen Long Article

From: DCPI [mailto:DCPI@nypd.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 7:43 AM
To: DCPI
Subject: 006 Pct- Investiagte DOAOn Thursday December 9, 2010 at approximately 0257 hours police responded to a 911 call of an aided female inside of 29 9th Avenue (SoHo House hotel) in the confines of the 6th Pct. Upon arrival, police observed a F/W/33 inside of a bathtub unconscious and unresponsive. EMS responded and pronounced the female DOA. Medical Examiner to determine cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.

The identification of the female is pending proper family notification.

Resulting article:
Designer Dead at NYC Hotel, by Colleen Long, AP Dec. 10, 2010