A review of recent crime stats from a Nassau County police precinct that reported a sharp drop in crime found that cases had been reclassified to other, lesser offenses.
The commander of the precinct, Thomas DePaola, was demoted from inspector to a patrol captain, according to reports.
During a July 2012 meeting, it was noted that a June 12 to July 9 reporting period showed a considerable reduction in overall crime in the 6th Precinct, with a significant decrease in grand larceny.
The police department decided to study the strategies used to reduce grand larceny crimes.
The review uncovered inaccurate reporting. Some cases had been reclassified to other lesser offenses. Other cases were voided and others were changed to lost property reports.
An extensive audit of the other precincts found no statistical oddities.
The Nassau County Police Department says that crimes are being readjusted to reflect accurate crime data.
A new records management system called I-Leads that is being rolled out across the department does not allow for any error of non-classification, according to the police commissioner.