An audit of the Metro Nashville Police Department revealed the department did not manipulate crime statistics and was about average in the amount of mistakes made in crime reporting.
"The public confidence is vital to our mission," said Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson on Friday. "This audit shows we are 90 percent accurate in our crime reporting and there is no evidence of statistical manipulation."
The independent Metro audit said there is absolutely no evidence that police management had attempted to manipulate crime statistics in any way. The auditors chose 74 officers randomly to question. These officers were given complete anonymity and freedom to speak without repercussions. None of those officers made any allegations of wrongdoing.
Auditors also obtained all emails from 5 main computers which again showed no manipulation.
The audit showed a 10.1 percent mistake rate. Most of the mistakes were computer errors.
But the big question out there, aimed at former chief Ronal Serpas, were crimes updated or downgraded to make the police department look good?
The audit found that less than 5 percent of all crimes were put in the wrong category.
"I think it's satisfying that our officers are getting it right 95 percent of the time in a subjective and sometimes confusing situation," said Anderson.