Comptroller: Claims Down Against NYPD, Other Agencies

NEW YORK (AP) -

A new report issued Wednesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer says that personal injury claims against the New York Police Department have declined sharply during the past year.

Stringer credited the nearly 13 percent drop on the department’s emphasizing a culture of restraint for its officers. However, some have blamed the restraint on contributing to a slight rise in crime, the first time in two decades that crime rates did not fall from the previous year.

The ClaimStat report also found that the number of claims have fallen against the Development of Environmental Protection and the Parks Department. Claims against the city’s hospital corporation and the Sanitation Department have increased, however.

The city budget for fiscal year 2016 sets aside $710 million to pay settlements and judgments from lawsuits filed against the city.