So, Where Was That Crime-Stats Story?
|First Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans|
The News last went after the DPD in September, over the way it reports (and omits some) car-burglary statistics. That prompted a very unhappy Ron Natinsky to suggest during a Public Safety Committee briefing that maybe it was time to start sending open-records requests to The News, underscoring, yet again, the tension over DPD's reporting policies and the perception, at the very least, that not all crimes are being counted.
Evans's three-page missive -- in which he outlines the way DPD adheres to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program; insists DPD doesn't adjust the way it reports numbers for "the stated purpose of artificially lowering crime"; and writes that "no victim has been underserved ... and no suspect will receive lesser punishment" based on the way DPD catalogs stats -- follows. As do a few other memos sent to council at the end of the week, for those scrap-booking such things. Memos 12-11-09