We’ve written stories on how people have reluctance in cooperating with police and here we show the exact words people say to the police and how the police coax them to cooperate.

The ultimate hope is that people will read it from beginning to end and it’ll inform them a little bit about crime in the city.

How much time did you get to dedicate to this piece?

My editor freed me up for a little over a week.

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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.