Eighth grader evaluates crime stats during World Series 

Police are hailing a San Francisco eighth grader’s finding that crime dropped during the San Francisco Giants’ World Series title run.

As part of a class project at St. Phillip School in Noe Valley, Ela Chatfield-Stiehler researched CompStat data comparing crime statistics in October 2009 and October 2010. The finding: The City is safer when the Giants are playing well.

San Francisco’s interim police Chief Jeff Godown “was very impressed with Chatfield-Stiehler’s work and science fair study,” the police department said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the chief visited St. Phillip School to give a talk about CompStat to Chatfield-Stiehler’s class. He presented the young crime observer a SFPD uniform patch, a mini police lapel star and mini lapel patch, police said.

The crime drop was reported despite several rather public displays of aggression and anarchy related to the Giants’ World Series victory.


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