The New Orleans Office of Inspector General issued a new report today that claims the NOPD has been improperly classifying crimes.
The IG says they looked into allegations "That the New Orleans Police Department improperly classified crime statistics in the 8th District (the French Quarter).
"The investigation concluded that the 8th District improperly and incorrectly classified at least 177 incidents during the time period January 01, 2013 to July 31, 2013. The 177 incidents stemmed from individuals having "lost" their wallets or purses and subsequently experiencing unauthorized charges on their credit cards or debit cards."
These incidents were classified incorrectly the IG asserts as "Miscellaneous" or "Lost or Stolen" rather than being properly classified as a theft. This changes the Uniform Crime Report statistics, as neither "Miscellaneous" or "Lost or Stolen" are included in the UCR.
This comes on the heels of a report from the state legislative auditor who found the NOPD had been improperly reporting violent crimes, like murder, rape and assault.
"The lack of information resulting from the misclassification deprived the leadership of the 8th District and NOPD with knowledge that would have revealed a pattern of crimes," the IG says.
The NOPD agreed with the report's findings, and stated that the classification policy would be changed effective January 1, 2014.