Friday, March 05, 2010

Dallas, Texas officials agree to restore public access to online crime data

"Having trouble finding out about a murder or an aggravated assault on the Dallas Police Department's Web site?

That's not an accident. A document obtained through open records laws indicates the city instructed the software vendor to make it more difficult.

In early January, a new vendor went live with an updated version of the department's online police reports system. The system allows the user to search for details of a crime by the offense from a drop-down sorting menu, or by other criteria, such as date, location, victim name or police report service number.

But the software was tweaked to remove some serious crimes, such as rape and murder, from the easy-to-use drop-down menu."
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