2002-09-21 / Editorial/Opinion

Where Has All The Crime Gone?

Where Has All The Crime Gone?

In recent weeks, many have made mention of the fact that the Police Blotter has not been appearing in The Wave as often as in previous issues. Some have gone as far as to assume that the paper is involved in an attempt to cover up crime in Rockaway. "Ever since you got a black editor, there is less and less focus on crime in Rockaway. The paper has always protected the community by alerting us of the people who pose a threat to our community. Now, you are protecting those criminals," wrote one resident. This person, and others with similar views, is totally wrong. We have made attempts to show all communities in a fair and positive light, and we see that as a plus. Moreover, because of our fair and balanced reporting, we have upset members of the 100 Precinct, which provides us with the west-end portion of the Police Blotter. As a result, they have not submitted anything to us as a form of protest and, as a result, the Blotter has become smaller. The fact that many police officers have been deployed to different sections of the city, as we are in a constant state of alert regarding terrorists attacks, has made it difficult for NYPD officials at the 101 Precinct to provide us with this information on a weekly basis. We can assure you that there is no attempt on our part to protect criminals or display favoritism to any particular community. We have cooperated with many detectives that have come in and asked us to run a "Most Wanted" feature on any given week. Just because crime stories are no longer plastered all over the front page every week, as they may have been in the past, does not mean that we are treating the subject as "hands off."

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