From the Greenpoint Reporter:
The Crime and Safety Report, located at DNAinfo.com, is the first of its kind, said one of the site’s creators, Murray Weiss. It includes interactive features, specific details and numbers by neighborhood, allows users to compare statistics between neighborhoods and boroughs, and provides stories tailored for each area.
After discussing plans for the site last February with his co-creator, DNAinfo Senior Editor Nicole Bode, Weiss set out to get “really detailed data that is closely held by the [Police Department] that would show every precinct, every crime category right down to the number of shootings, arrests for various crimes and even parking tickets and summonses given out in neighborhoods,” he said.
As the former criminal justice editor for the New York Post newspaper, where he ran law enforcement coverage for 17 years, Weiss had the right police contacts to do just that, he said. In addition, the 2010 census data was due to be released in April of 2011, so Weiss and Bode could also use those numbers to compile the statistics.