DPD Metro Crime Stoppers Bulletin

Please see attached Crime Stoppers Bulletin.
5790 W Dartmouth.pdf

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Indianapolis Moves to One of the Least Transparent Cities in the US for Crime Data

We wanted to update you in terms of where the Indy crime 911 data feed is right now.

We’d like to first thank you for reaching out to the Mayor and Chief’s office about keeping crime data open and transparent.

It is our current understanding that the original data feed we were using to map crime in Indy was requested by the Office Homeland Security in Indiana. However, because of recent computer upgrades and budgetary issues, that data is no longer being requested and is therefore no longer available and open to the public.

From our perspective, running the most visited crime map in the US, Indy went from one of the most open cities in the US to the bottom of the rung. This is a huge blow for public access.

This data should be open and available to everyone as it had been for years.

We are going to continually reach out to the Police Department to request an open data feed and hope to have an update in the near future.

Please continue to express to your elected officials that you value open access to crime data for all members of the public and press.

Governor Pence’s Office: (317) 232-4567
http://www.in.gov/gov/2752.htm

Mayor Ballard’s Office: (317) 327-3601
http://www.indy.gov/eGov/Mayor/getintouch/Pages/ContactUs.aspx

Your local Council Member: (317) 327-4241
http://www.indy.gov/Pages/Contact.aspx

Sincerely,

Colin Drane
Founder
Spotcrime.com

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Report of Shots Fired in Frederick MD

Frederick Police Department Shots Fired Investigation_Case#14-44500 (CID)

On 6/14/14, at approximately 0124 hours, officers and detectives with the Frederick Police Department responded to the area of 3rd St. and N. Market St. for a report of gunshots. A patrol officer was riding a bicycle downtown in the area when he heard the shots and reported the information.

Witnesses were contacted and said they saw several black males in the area, heard the gunfire, and then saw the males running away. Several vehicles were struck; however, there are no known people that were struck by the gunfire. No further description of the suspects was obtained.

The case is assigned to the Frederick Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and is active and ongoing. Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact Det. Jeff Putman, the lead detective, at 301-600-4112. Anonymous tips can be reported by calling 301-600-TIPS.

Case#: 14-44500
Location of Incdient: N. Market St. at 3rd St.
Incident Type: Shots Fired/Destruction of Property
Lead Investigator: Det. Jeff Putman
Author of Release: D/Sgt. Joe Hayer at 301-600-1265 or jhayer

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URGENT! SpotCrime Phoenix Public Crime Data Feed Interrupted

Dear Phoenix subscribers,

As you may have noticed, we haven’t been mapping crime in Phoenix since May 24. SpotCrime has been mapping crime data in Phoenix almost uninterrupted for six years.

The police department is having issues supplying us with crime data. We are working with the agency to reestablish a feed and do not have a timeline as to when the information will be back.

We were notified that the police department has moved to a proprietary vendor recently. Unfortunately, we have experience that once a vendor is hired – open access to public data is turned off. This has recently happened in Columbus, OH and Indianapolis, IN.

We are hoping this isn’t the case in Phoenix, however, while working on the data interruption, we learned that SpotCrime will have a permanent interruption to crime data by the end of July when the police department upgrades their system. And there is no current provision on the new system to produce a public report. Yes, the computer systems are being upgraded and public and press access is being downgraded.

If you value transparency within your police department, we’d like to ask you to reach out to the Phoenix PD and your local elected officials.

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia:
Email form – http://bit.ly/phoenixpdemail
Phone – (602)262-6747

Mayor Greg Stanton:
Email – mayor.stanton
Phone – (602)262-7111

Ask them to make sure they make a public feed available after the system upgrade. Relying on a third party proprietary vendor for public access is not transparency.

We are hopeful that the Phoenix police department sees value behind being open and transparent with crime data and the public feed will be restored soon.

We love to answer questions about this, feel free to reach out to us as well.

Sincerely,

The SpotCrime Team
feedback
(619)663-7768

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Who Owns Public Data? Phoenix PD directs the public away from an independent news source to a police controlled vendor. Email from Sergeant Mike Dwyer

On Jun 9, 2014, at 4:24 PM, mike.dwyer wrote:

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The Phoenix Police Department recognizes the need to provide accurate and timely crime statistics to residents. In the past we did so through an online site, however upgrades to computer/data systems rendered the site obsolete. Given our limited resources and the higher priority of other more pressing projects a new statistical site was not made available in as timely a fashion as we would have liked. Residents seeking easily accessible crime statistics were left with few options one of which is SpotCrime. Such sites use a variety of sources for their data and the veracity of such data is sometimes questionable. It was not the optimal situation. (As an aside we have not restricted information and SpotCrime can request data just like any other citizen.)

With that being said I am happy, and a bit relieved, to announce our new site. We, along with other law enforcement agencies, deal directly with a contractor who provides the front end interface for our data. I need to stress the fact that we provide them the data directly and work with them as to how the data will be presented.

You can access the site at http://phoenix.gov/publicsafety/index.html; select Get crime statistics.

Let me know what you think about the site as we are always looking for feedback.

If you have any questions please fell free to contact me.

Sgt. M. Dwyer

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Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect in Sterling Area Robberies

June 5, 2014

Contact: Liz Mills, Director of Media Relations and Communications, 571-251-5568 (mobile)
Liz.mills

LCSO Releases Composite Sketch of Suspect in Sterling Area Robberies

Attached: Composite Sketch of Suspect in May 31st Stanford Square Robbery

Loudoun County, VA- Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office released a composite sketch and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for two street robberies reported on May 31st.

Sheriff’s deputies first responded to a female who was found injured around 5:30AM in the 1200 block E. Severn Way. The 62-year-old was approached by an unknown male who attempted to grab her purse. After a brief struggle, the suspect struck the victim with a blunt object described as a handgun by the victim. The victim received minor injuries during the assault. The suspect fled the area with the purse and its contents.

The suspect was described as a male, 5’8” to 5’10” tall, and was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. The suspect had the hood pulled up over his head to conceal his face.

Around 9:30PM Sheriff’s deputies responded to Reston Hospital for a victim who was being treated for an assault that occurred earlier in the day. The victim, a 52-year-old Ashburn woman, reported around 5AM on Saturday she was going to a friend’s house when an unknown male knocked on the window of her vehicle in the 21000 block of Stanford Square. The suspect opened her car door, brandished a firearm, and demanded money. The suspect then ordered her out of her vehicle and told her to remove her pants. At one point during the robbery the suspect sexually assaulted the victim.

The suspect fled after the victim’s friend was heard coming to meet her. A composite sketch of the suspect was developed in this case. The suspect was described as a Black male, approximately 6’ tall, and in his late 20’s. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with the hood up to help conceal his face.

Anyone with any information regarding the possible identity of this suspect is asked to contact Detective W. Promisel of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous they are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919. If the information provided to Loudoun Crime Solvers leads to an arrest and indictment, the caller could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

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UPDATE: Suspect surrenders after mom sees his picture on Facebook

The suspect in a battery and strong arm robbery of a motorcyclist surrendered to Boynton Beach Police this afternoon after his mother saw on Facebook that he was wanted by police. Deontris T. Miller, 24, of Boynton Beach came to BBPD headquarters at 4:20 p.m. He told officers that his mother discovered that he was wanted by police after she saw photographs and video of him on Facebook today. Miller is the third suspect in the beating and strong arm robbery of a motorcyclist early Saturday outside a Chevron gas station.
He is now in the Palm Beach County Jail.

- PIO Stephanie Slater

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