CRIME

More crime lows in NYC despite rising complaints on 'broken windows' style of policing

  • Commissioner Bill Bratton, fourth from left, sit among police officials listening as Mayor Bill de Blasio, far right, new NYPD detectives during a promotions ceremony, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York.  Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Commissioner Bill Bratton, fourth from left, sit among police officials listening as Mayor Bill de Blasio, far right, new NYPD detectives during a promotions ceremony, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York. Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, right, listen during a press conference after attending a promotion ceremony for police officers, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York.  Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, right, listen during a press conference after attending a promotion ceremony for police officers, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York. Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

  • Commissioner Bill Bratton, standing left, Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, watch as Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, right, swears in new NYPD detective during a promotions ceremony, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York.  Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner choke hold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Commissioner Bill Bratton, standing left, Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, watch as Deputy Police Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, right, swears in new NYPD detective during a promotions ceremony, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in New York. Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner choke hold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arrests are holding steady and overall crime continues to fall. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)  (The Associated Press)

Low-level arrests remained steady and crime continues to fall even while the NYPD is grappling with its image.

Final tallies for 2014 could carry even more weight this year as Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio deal with the outrage over the police killing of the unarmed Eric Garner, who was black, and rancor among police officers who feel the administration doesn't have their back.

Crime numbers themselves look good: Through Dec. 14, overall serious crime had declined 4.7 percent compared to the same period last year, continuing a downward trend that started in mid-1990s despite predictions it couldn't last. The murder total stood at 305, a 5.3 percent drop. Reports of robberies were down 14 percent and those of felony assaults dipped about 1 percent.