04/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Distorted Crime Statistics Call Bloomberg Policies Into Question

Relying on the anonymous responses of hundreds of retired high-ranking police officials, a survey by two criminologists found that tremendous pressure to reduce crime, year after year, prompted some supervisors and precinct commanders to distort crime statistics.

The results have made critics and admirers of Mr. Bloomberg wonder about -- if not necessarily doubt -- the reliability of data underpinning policy decisions on the budget, education, transportation, health and other issues.