The Nation: Trust and the Police

In film, fiction and the public fancy, New York City suffers an abysmal reputation as a nest of crime. A report issued last week by the U.S. Justice Department's Law Enforcement Assistance Administration shows that this unsavory reputation is not entirely deserved. Among the five largest U.S. cities, New York ranked last on a per-capita basis in the number of rape, assault or robbery victims.

In a door-to-door survey that was conducted early last year, 22,000 residents in each of the five cities were asked if during 1972 they had been robbed, raped or assaulted. Only 36 out of 1,000 said that...

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