Since 1998, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) has been tasked with the collection and maintenance of crime data for incidents that occur in New York City public schools. The NYPD has provided this data for the 2015-2016 school year to the New York City Department of Education (DOE), covering the period from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. The DOE has compiled this data by school and location for the information of our parents and students, our teachers and staff, and the general public.
In some instances, several Department of Education learning communities co-exist within a single building. In other instances, a single school has locations in several different buildings. In either of these instances, the data presented here is aggregated by building location rather than by school, since safety is always a building-wide issue. We use “consolidated locations” throughout the presentation of the data to indicate the numbers of incidents in buildings that include more than one learning community.
Note: Values of “NA” in the incident numbers for a school indicate that the school did not have an associated incident count reported by the NYPD, or that the data about the school has been combined with that for other schools at the same location (in which case you are referred to the overall data for that “consolidated” location or campus).
Categories of Incidents
For presentation purposes, each incident has been classified in one of three categories. These categories are:
Major Crimes: This category is consistent with those regularly and publicly reported by the NYPD. It includes the most serious personal and property crimes. The property crimes are burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. The crimes against persons are murder, rape, robbery and felony assault.
Other Crimes: This category is composed of many crimes and incidents that range in severity. It includes reports of incidents such as arson/explosion, misdemeanor assault, criminal possession or sale of a controlled substance, sale of marijuana, criminal mischief, petit larceny, reckless endangerment, sex offenses (not including rape, which is included in the Major Crimes), and weapons possession.
Non-Criminal Incidents: This category includes actions which are not classified as crimes but are nevertheless disruptive to the school environment. It includes disorderly conduct, harassment, loitering, possession of marijuana, dangerous instruments and trespass.
For Additional Information
For additional information about the School Location Incident Rates shown here, please e-mail OSYDData@schools.nyc.gov. Responses to inquiries about the data will be provided by the DOE and/or the NYPD as appropriate.
View the School Crime Data For 2015-2016 as Reported By the NYPD School Safety Division.
Violent and Disruptive Incidents (VADIR)
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) -- School Safety & Accountability
Federal law requires each state to determine annually which public elementary and secondary schools are “persistently dangerous.” Each state may set its own criteria to assess and compare levels of violence across schools. New York bases its “persistently dangerous” determinations on two years’ worth of VADIR data. Since 2008 New York used a “School Violence Index” (SVI) comprised of a sum of weighted incidents divided by the school’s K-12 enrollment.
The 2015-2016 Violent and Disruptive Incidents Report (VADIR) as reported to the New York State Education Department is available on the SED website.