Audit: NOPD not properly reporting crime stats
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Police Department may not have properly reported crime data, according to a legislative audit.
The report on dispatch data says the NOPD answered calls that did not appear in information reported to state and federal officials.
The audit looked at 1,000 calls for 2012 and says 319 incidents were missing from the Uniform Crime Report statistics, including 186 serious incidents like burglaries or violent crimes.
The police department disagrees with the findings.
Police chief Ronal Serpas said auditors used a small sample of dispatch reports.
He said the department's own review of over 21,000 calls about serious incidents showed an error rate of under 2 percent.