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Schools Chancellor Walcott, Police Commissioner Kelly, and Criminal Justice Coordinator Feinblatt Announce That Total Crime in Schools Is Down Nearly 50% Since 2001

09/07/2013

Major Crime in Schools Down 56 Percent and Violent Crime Down 55 Percent Since 2001
 

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt today announced that crime continues to drop in City public schools consistent with the citywide drop in crime. This past school year saw a 14 percent decrease in major felony crime compared to last year while violent crime is down 28 percent in that same time period. Since the 2000-01 school year major crime has dropped by 56 percent and violent crime is down 55 percent. These reductions are a result of the Impact School initiative announced in 2004 and other interagency efforts.

“Safety is a top priority and over the past 12 years our schools have provided our students and staff with a positive, nurturing environment where they can excel,” Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said. “Under this administration, we have established a strong collaborative partnership with the NYPD’s School Safety Division, which has resulted in a dramatic decline in school crime. From the 2000-01 to the 2012-13 school years, major school crime went down 56 percent, violent crime down 55 percent and total crime went down 49 percent. The work we do in schools with our teachers and staff has helped to reduce crime and violent incidents and has built more positive school culture and climate. Through our work in emergency preparedness, conflict resolution, peer mediation, Respect For All, and collaborative problem-solving, our schools are safer and more respectful learning environments for our students.  We could not have seen such a dramatic decline without the participation of our principals, teachers, parents and staff.”

“One of our most important responsibilities is ensuring our children get a high-quality education in a safe environment,” said Police Commissioner Kelly. “During the 2012 school year, New York City public schools underwent the largest single-year drop in violent crime on record, and since the 2000-2001 school year crime in our schools has decreased by 49 percent and violent crime has decreased by 55 percent. This crime reduction has helped make our schools safer and has benefited both students and teachers.”

“The impact program has not only used data to identify schools with disproportionate levels of crime but to diagnose conditions within those schools that may foster a culture of disorder,” said Criminal Justice Coordinator Feinblatt. “With data at hand, school administrators, teachers and police have developed plans to address these conditions and reduce crime. The beneficiaries of this data-driven, collaborative approach are teachers who are better able to teach and students who are better able to learn.”

The Impact School initiative was launched in January 2004 with a goal of reducing school violence to create safer environments for students to learn. The initiative focuses on a small number of schools with high concentrations of major and violent crime by focusing school safety and oversight on these schools. All infractions of the Department of Education Discipline Code are met with graduated responses from peer mediation and negotiation, conflict resolution, anti-bullying awareness and, if necessary, suspensions.

The Department of Education along with school safety experts from the NYPD developed a rubric to assess the safety conditions at Impact schools and those at risk of being added to Impact noting entry and exit conditions, students congregating in halls without passes and other situations that would be conducive to disorder. Schools were assessed on these factors and the Department of Education made repeated visits to meet with principals, discuss identified problems and develop plans for improvement. Over the years DOE trained network supervisors to use the rubric to monitor all schools throughout the city.

Last year, there were 10 schools on the Impact list. These schools all saw significant reductions in both major and violent crime. Violent crime in these schools dropped 48 percent from the 2011-12 to 2012-13 school years while major crime fell 28 percent in that same period.

In keeping with the significant reduction in crime, suspensions both citywide and in Impact schools have also dropped significantly. From the 2011-12 to 2012-13 school year total suspensions citywide are down 23% with Principal suspensions down 26% and Superintendent suspensions down 13%. Impact schools showed significant progress as well with a 31% drop in total suspensions, 32% drop in principal suspensions and a 27% decrease in superintendent suspensions.

School Safety Figures:

Citywide

2000-01

2012-13

*Homicide

0

0

*Rape

13

4

*Robbery

322

106

*Felony Assault

427

200

Burglary

266

81

Grand Larceny

545

305

Grand Larceny Auto

4

3

*Misdemeanor Assault

1358

839

*Sex Offenses

645

109

Total Major Crime

1577

699

*Total Violent Crime

2765

1258


Citywide

2011-12

2012-13

*Homicide

0

0

*Rape

5

4

*Robbery

148

106

*Felony Assault

250

200

Burglary

81

81

Grand Larceny

327

305

Grand Larceny Auto

2

3

*Misdemeanor Assault

1175

839

*Sex Offenses

169

109

Total Major Crime

813

699

*Total Violent Crime

1747

1258