Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the
appointment of three prominent attorneys and former Federal prosecutors - David
Kelley, Sharon McCarthy, and Robert Morvillo - to serve as members of a newly
established Crime Reporting Review Committee.
"The integrity of our crime reporting system is of the
utmost importance to the Department." Commissioner Kelly said. "It is
essential not only for maintaining the confidence of the people we serve, but
reliable crime statistics are necessary for the effective planning and
evaluation of crime reduction strategies. I know of none better or more
qualified than these three highly regarded professionals to review how well our
crime reporting functions."
Kelley is partner with the law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel. Before
entering private law practice Mr. Kelley served as the U.S. Attorney for the
Southern District of New York. Mr. Kelley served from 2002-2003 as Deputy United
States Attorney, and was named on September 11, 2001 as co-chair of the Justice
Department's nationwide investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Before
joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, he clerked for the Honorable T.F. Gilroy
Daly of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. He
earned his J.D. in 1986 fromNew York Law School and his undergraduate degree in
1981 from the College of William & Mary. While attending law school, Mr.
Kelley served as a police officer and fireman in his home township of East
Hampton, New York.
Sharon L. McCarthy is a partner in the law firm
Kostelanetz & Fink. Prior to entering private practice Ms. McCarthy was an
Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office for the
Southern District of New York. While at the United States Attorney's Office, Ms.
McCarthy served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and later as Chief of
the Violent Crimes Unit. From May 2008 until March 2009, Ms. McCarthy served as
Special Counsel to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo where she was lead counsel in
an investigation into whether there had been political interference with the New
York State Police. Ms. McCarthy received her bachelor's degree from
Colgate University and her J.D. from Fordham Law School, where she served as an
editor of the Fordham Law Review. Immediately after law school, Ms. McCarthy
served as a law clerk to the Honorable John F. Keenan, United States District
Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Robert G. Morvillo is a partner with the law firm of
Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello and Bohrer. Previously, Mr.
Morvillo served in the Southern District of New York, first as law clerk for
U.S. District Judge William B. Herlands, then as an Assistant U.S. Attorney,
Chief Trial Assistant in charge of the Frauds Unit, and finally Chief of the
Criminal Division. He left that office in 1973 to become a founding partner of a
predecessor to Morvillo, Abramowitz. Mr. Morvillo received a J.D. from Columbia
University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an
editor of the Law Review.
Commissioner Kelly noted that while the NYPD Quality
Assurance Division examines more than 50,000 crime reports annually and has
identified an annual misclassification rate of approximatley1.5%. "Nevertheless,
every system can be improved and our goal is a misclassification rate of zero."
he told the three appointees. "By empanelling experienced, independent,
objective experts to review our crime reporting system and the quality control
mechanisms we have in place, I hope to establish the overall reliability of our
statistics and identify any areas in need of improvement."
The Committee will:
detailed briefings on the Department's crime reporting system and auditing
summary documents regarding the nature and trends in crime
field commands to get an understanding of the crime reporting system in
COMPSTAT meetings and/ or review recordings of meetings to understand the role
of crime statistics in the Department's system of management
the Department's Crime Reporting Reference Guide to ensure that direction to
field commands is clear and unambiguous,
the Department's disciplinary system with regard to cases involving crime
the Department's public dissemination of crime data and its relationship to
maintaining public confidence in the Department's crime
The Committee has been asked to
complete its work over the next three to six months, with the full cooperation
of all units in the Police Department.