TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! TECH CEO ADVOCATES TRANSPARENCY AS KANSAS CITY, KANSAS POLICE RESTRICT DIGITAL CRIME REPORTING DATA!!!
Last week we reported on a lack of transparency in crime statistic reporting from the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department noted by a public info website.
Today we're offering more detail on this situation that keeps locals without online access to crime data in KCK.
To wit . . .
CHECK SPOTCRIME CEO COLIN DRANE ADVOCATING FOR MORE KANSAS CITY, KANSAS CRIME REPORTING TRANSPARENCY!!!
Remember, SpotCrime isn't seeking a vendor bid . . . They're a news website that simply wants to facilitate public information.
Here's the EXCLUSIVE QUOTE REQUESTED AND POSTED FIRST BY TKC explaining this situation perfectly . . .
From Colin Drane CEO Of SpotCrime
My conversation with the captain in charge was cordial at first until I got the sense there was a high probability that the department was moving away from open access to a vendor controlled system that prevents the press from publishing and the public from sharing crime information. Keep in mind, we had been diligently following up for six months and were continually promised that a solution was in the works.
What is more concerning is that other programs have still not been installed six months after the implementation - meaning that the PD is still not getting their full reports six months later.
It is still unclear what they will choose, but by making this issue public, there's a higher likelihood the data will be public.
My conversation with the captain turned worse when he commented that "we are not going to be less transparent, you can always make an open records request". My response was that in 2016 this was bare minimum policing going from reporting crime data daily to making the press wait 30 days to get critical crime information to the public.
Knowing about a burglary around the corner the next day vs 30 days later is clearly different. The data is stale if it is delayed and there was some mention in would not be a digitally readable format - making it more difficult to distribute to the public.
Our issue is not to influence what vendor is chosen, but to make sure public and press access is not replaced by a proprietary restricted vendor.
I offered the KCKPD $1,000 (to go to charity in their name) to explain the restrictions on the vendor's website (assuming one will be employed) and to explain the public benefit of those restrictions.
Again, they should be able to hire any vendor they want provided the press get equal, timely and fair access. No proprietary vendor should be given preferential rights to report to the public ahead of the press.
One question is how much internal reporting has the PD gone without for these six months.
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