TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEW!!! KANSAS CITY WEBSITE REDESIGN FAIL HIDES LOCAL CRIME STATS JUST IN TIME FOR GOP 2016 CONVENTION PUSH!!!
This morning Dr. Ernest Evans offers some vital information and insight about the CURRENT availability of Kansas City crime stats online which have been obscured by a tragic redesign.
Even worse . . .
KANSAS CITY'S WEBSITE REDESIGN HAS BEEN A MASSIVE FAIL FROM THE ALLEGEDLY TECH SAVVY MAYOR AND NOW VOTERS ARE STARTING TO COMPLAIN LOUDLY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT LOCAL ONLINE INFO THAT'S GETTING HARDER TO FIND!!!
Here's an important perspective that provides a guide to getting Kansas City crime data that has been conveniently hidden by City Hall politicos who promised better access . . .
Change In Kansas City Website And Crime Stats Online
With reference to the KCPD website . . . there are some alarming signs out there that people in the community should be aware of because they are indicators of a potentially quite serious problem.
The KCPD has recently changed its website. Right now, if you google "KCPD" you are sent to a website that is part of a larger website entitled "KCMO.Gov." On this KCPD website there are no crime stats, to get crime stats you have to go to a separate website "KCPD/Crime Statistics." Now, on the old KCPD website the crime stats were clearly marked and were on the top of the first page. So, it is still not hard to get the city's crime stats (If you know what you are doing.) Normally, I would put this down to bureaucratic mistakes, but it comes in the context of a major political issue for the city: Our efforts to get the 2016 GOP convention. The biggest obstacle to us getting the convention is our city's quite high homicide rate: We are No. 5 in per capita homicides of the 50 largest cities in the US--not something one emphasizes when trying to attract conventions. So, I get concerned about any effort, however small, to make it even a little bit more difficult to access the city's crime stats. And, this website switch came just days after a community meeting in which it was suggested that the city change its definition of homicides--the clear intent of this suggestion was to reduce the homicide totals by reclassifying certain deaths.
We are, in sum, getting into very, very dangerous territory here. Cities are well aware that high crime rates discourage conventions, tourism and new investment--and hence in recent years there have been a number of cases where crime stats were falsified to make cities look safer than they really were. (The most egregious case of such falsification took place in DEtroit in 2008.) I stress that I have not seen any efforts to falsify crime stats in KCMO--but, being brutally realistic, with all that is at stake with respect to these statistics only a naive fool would say that such falsification is not a possibility here in KCMO.