From June 1, 2008, until October 31, 2009 NYPD officer Adrian Schoolcraft secretly tape-recorded his superiors at the 81st precinct ordering cops to downgrade felonies to misdemeanors as well as make unnecessary arrests.
Made without the knowledge or approval of the NYPD, Schoolcraft taped 100s of hours during his time in the 81st Precinct.
The story broke in 2010 when The Village Voice (here) began publishing segments of the tapes and interviews with Schoolcraft.
Since the story of Schoolcraft's tapes broke, the top commanders of the 81st precinct have all been given departmental charges and/or been transferred.
The follow-up to the Village Voice five part series was done by NPR's Ira Glass who interviewed Graham Rayman of the Village Voice and Adrian Schoolcraft and it is here.
Throughout the NPR piece you will hear Graham Rayman refer to "CompStat" and it is CompStat that drives CMDP numbers as well.
Ira Glass: And finally, with the 81st precinct under new supervision, the numbers on serious crime have risen by 10-15%. Are the crimes going up, or it is just closer to the true amount of crime that was already there, only now being recorded?
Cedar's Take: Listening to this one hour broadcast I couldn't help but think the whole thing sounded a little too unbelievable, just like the many stories I've heard from CMPD Officers.
If you don't believe your ears, then you can read the entire transcript which is here.