Crime Stats

NYPD Weekly Crime Statistics (CompStats) are arranged by Precinct, and provide current data on major crimes; some older citywide data also available.

For historical statistics for crime in your CD or neighborhood, email dcjsstats@dcjs.ny.gov  or call media relations 518 457-8828. Data is offered courtesy of the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Though not as current, crime stats, broken down to the Police Precinct level can also be found at the Citywide Performance Reporting (CPR) site.  Scroll down the agency list to NYPD; find citywide crime stats arranged by fiscal year and by index crime – murder, rape, robbery, assault…  Click on the globe icon to view data by indicator and by precinct.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner, Public Information  Staff in the office of the DCPI is the official arm of the NYPD which gathers information from multiple agencies and responds to incidents of disasters, major crimes, demonstrations and disorders.  All media inquiries are routed through the DCPI.  Open 24/7.

NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services is your go to source when researching crime trends in the state. Statistics on Index Crimes – murder, rape, larceny, vehicle theft, robbery, assault, burglary – law enforcement and arrests are current.  If you are keen on researching crime trends by region or by county this is a solid start.

 

New York City and New York State Criminal Case Information

Webcrims – a service of the New York State Unified Court System – is the best resource for finding pending case information.

Follow directions and login as a public user.

Let’s use Tyrone Howard  (arrested in the shooting and killing of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder) as our test case.

Select the search by name of defendant option; use the information found in the Daily News article to select the case details that best meet the time frame of the incident.

A summary of the case details will provide very valuable information about the individual who has been arrested: New York State Identification Number, Case Number, Attorney information, Date and Location of the incident, Next Court Date.

The charges against him are available in the left navigation bar.

If, in addition, you want to find out where the individual is being detained, the NYS ID Number and or the Case Number will prove essential; it’s rare that a reporter has an exact age.  A search of NYC Department of Corrections Inmate Lookup will yield useful case and docket information.

It is not uncommon to find case information, and even case documents on the county district attorney or Prosecutor website. No web presence?  Don’t hesitate, call the public information office.  (Bronx County D.A. Public Information 718 590-2234

If you are looking for inmates being held in the New York State Department of Corrections system, start here: NYS Inmate Lookup.

Another great resource is provided by the New York State Office of Court Administration; For a $65 fee, you can request a NYS Criminal History Search; results are public records relating to open/pending and convictions of criminal cases originating from County/Supreme, City, Town and Village courts of all 62 counties.  Online application available; results are usually emailed in 24-48 hours.

If your background research takes you on a search for NY State parolees (former or current), then you will want to take full advantage of this parolee lookup of parolees currently or formerly in the care of the NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

And if you’re trying to see if there is a story to be told about the number of registered sex offenders residing in a particular NY zip code, then the NYS Public Registry of Sex Offenders will be a great starting point.

Federal Cases and Criminal History

P.A.C.E.R. is the source for federal, district and bankruptcy court records. PACER provides online access to the docket and most of the documents filed in federal cases. Almost all federal cases are available on PACER, but it is the court that decides which documents will be made available to the public.

See Barbara Gray or TinaMarie in the J-School Research Center for assistance.

The Feds, like New York City and State, have a presence on the web; the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator provides the name and address of the prison as well as procedures and practices for media interviews, and for sending mail and visiting inmates.

Don’t forget about Lexis Nexis Academic search feature Federal and State Cases

Additional Resources

All attorneys registered with the New York State Unified Court System are profiled here: attorney search

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Search

Asking the Right Questions on the Crime Beat

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