Aurora Police Department Data Request

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Colin Drane <>
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Subject: Aurora Police Department Data Request
To: “Mark, Dan” <>
Cc:, “Miller, Melissa” <>, “Markert, Molly” <>, “Cleland, Barbara” <>
Lt. Mark,

I would like to point out that your existing public system puts restrictions on access. Could you clarify how a news organization like KUSA would use under their Terms Of Service.

I would like to reference an article from the Harvard Media Law Center on this matter:

Mr. Colin Drane
On Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 4:57 PM, Mark, Dan <> wrote:
Ms. Drane:

APD uses the Versadex records management system. Access to the APD records management system would need to be coordinated through our City IT Department. My contact at Aurora Information Technology is Dave Lawless (303) 739-7313. Aurora Police crime data can be easily accessed by KUSA, or anyone else, by going to

Lieutenant Dan Mark

Technology Section

Aurora Police Department

(303) 739-1710

From: Colin Drane []
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 2:29 PM
To: Mark, Dan
Cc:; Miller, Melissa; Markert, Molly; Cleland, Barbara
Subject: Aurora Police Department Data Request

Lt. Mark,

Ms. Lambert just forwarded your email from earlier today.

Hi Brittany:

No I don’t have any questions. I did look at the web site and it is not something I am interested in at this time.


Lieutenant Dan Mark

Technology Section

I understand that you many not be personally interested in our mapping systems. However, we have made the request on behalf of KUSA. I have cc’d Tim Dietz (VP Interactive) on this email. We are not looking to become a vendor of the police department. We do not charge agencies for our services. As you are probably aware, public crime mapping systems can vary in cost from $20 k to $350 k.

We are requesting timely, unrestricted and fair access to Aurora’s crime data.

Would you mind letting us know what RMS system you are using and what the is the appropriate method to request data from the RMS database. We work with many agencies around the country an I am certain that there is an existing report that will qualify- with the intent of not creating any extra manpower for our request.

I have also forwarded a message to Council Members Cleland, Miller and Markert as an introduction.


Colin Drane



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Articles related to the Lawsuit of SpotCrime Claiming Proprietary Control Over Public Crime Data

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Letter to ReportSee, Inc from Scott D. Kumpf Esquire Representing: Bair Analytics

Subject: FOIA and State Public Records Requests Concerning Bair Analytics, Inc.

Best line in the letter:

If either of you, either directly for yourself or for a client, is involved in these improper and potentially illegal requests, demand is made that immediately cease and desist such activity.

We assume this to mean that Bair Analytics provider of somehow believes that FOIA requests are "improper and potentially illegal".

How can you claim to be any friend of open data or the public when you are trying to prevent open access?


Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Beware IRS Phone-Number Scams

Beware IRS Phone-Number Scams

The IRS Phone Number is (800)829-1040. The IRS doesn’t call first and doesn’t threaten audits. Don’t give your personal info to a caller claiming to be the IRS.

The IRS continues to warn about telephone scams, which are increasing in number.

The IRS Phone Number for taxpayer help is (800)829-1040. If you get a call from someone claiming to be the IRS, and you didn’t receive an official letter beforehand, it’s a scam. Further, if you get an email from the IRS, it’s a scam. Even as the IRS and media outlets increasingly warn Americans about these scams, the number of reported calls from phony IRS agents continues to rise. Don’t let scammers take advantage of you or your elderly loved ones, who are most at risk. Read on to learn more.

IRS phone-number scams
The IRS placed phone scams as No. 1 on its dirty dozen tax scams list this year, up from No. 2 last year, when it received more than 90,000 complaints about such calls. It’s a quickly growing problem, as phone scams didn’t even make the top 12 list in 2013.

IRS phone-number scams can be very convincing. With the amount of personal information that has been stolen from hacked businesses during the past few years, it’s entirely possible that the caller will have your Social Security number (or at least the last four digits), your past addresses, or other personal information that makes them seem credible. Scammers can even make it look on your caller ID as if the call is from the IRS.

If there’s a problem with your taxes, the IRS will always first send you a letter about the problem. While the IRS may call you if it has already been in contact with you through mail, the IRS will never:

1. Initiate contact with you by phone.

2. Call you asking for personal or financial information.

3. Call you and demand immediate payment without the opportunity to appeal through mail.

4. Call you and require that you pay your taxes over the phone through a specific method such as by credit card, debit card, prepaid card, or through a wire transfer.

5. Call and threaten you with arrest, audit, deportation, or suspension of your driver’s license or business license.

6. Call and be angry, aggressive, emotional, or hostile.

7. Have "the police," "the DMV," or other law enforcement groups call you and say they will come and arrest you if you don’t pay.

As IRS Commissioner Josh Koskinen said the other day, "If you are surprised to be hearing from us, you are not hearing from us. Our way of contacting you is by letter." If you do get a call from someone claiming to be the IRS and you haven’t received a letter from the IRS beforehand, then do the following:

1. Ask for a call-back number and an employee badge number.

2. Hang up.

3. Call the IRS at (800)-829-1040. IRS employees can help you make sure the IRS employee badge number and call-back number are legitimate.

If you know you don’t owe taxes to the IRS and you don’t think the call was legitimate, you can report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800)366-4484 or at, or you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission on their site. If you received a fraudulent call, please report it. Combatting fraud is difficult because many people don’t report fraud attempts, while those who fall victim often either don’t realize they are victims or are too embarrassed to report it and just quietly take the loss.

Spread the word
Make sure your older loved ones know about the dangers of IRS scams. A recent study found that criminal fraud, such as IRS phone-number scams, cost the elderly an estimated $13 billion a year. The elderly are frequently targeted by scammers because they have often experienced some cognitive decline and memory loss. Interestingly, young senior citizens are most at risk of falling prey to financial abuse, as they are least likely to have recognized a decline in judgement or memory loss.

As millions of Americans await their tax refunds, anxiety that you didn’t do your taxes correctly may make you more susceptible to tax scams. Don’t let you and your loved ones lose money to a tax scam. Source: Wikimedia Commons.


Stafford County Sheriff’s Office

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 189 / Stafford, VA 22555

Physical Address: 1225 Courthouse Road / Stafford, VA 22554

(O) 540-658-4030 (F) 540-658-4039

Email: crimeprevention

EMERGENCY 911 Non-Emergency 540-658-4400

Crime Solvers: 540-659-2020


Beware IRS Phone.docx

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From Colin Drane to Chief Hadley re: Restricted access to Kalamazoo Crime Data

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How does Kalamazoo justify giving monopoly control of public crime data to one vendor

KDPS announces website redesign and new crime mapping service


websiteKalamazoo, MI: The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) is proud to announce a redesign of its website The redesign, which was completed in-house, includes updated department information, new graphics, and a new crime mapping system.

The new design simplifies the menu structure, allowing users to more easily find the information they need. It also has more integration with social media, it loads faster, and it uses responsive design, allowing the new website to work better on mobile devices. Citizens are encouraged to continue using the Coplogic “Report a Crime” tool to report certain non-emergency crimes that occurred within the City of Kalamazoo.

KDPS has partnered with the Omega Group and Trimble Public Safety to bring Kalamazoo crime statistics and crime alert notifications to The new system uses a user-friendly mapping interface and expands the list of online-reported crimes to include simple assaults, public disturbances, destruction of property, drunk driving, and weapon violations, which were not previously reported online.

The new crime mapping site receives data from the KDPS police records management system once a day and displays anonymized location, time and date, case number, and crime type for selected crime types. It is the same public, crime-mapping solution used by the cities of Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, among many others. also has an iOS app to show crime data on your mobile device. Users who subscribed to the previous crime alerts will need to resubscribe on the new crime mapping website.

The new website and online crime mapping system are about half as expensive to operate as the legacy systems they replaced.

By authority of: Ryan Tibbets, Assistant Chief-Fire Administration/Finance

Date: December 15, 2015
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Jeff Hadley – Public Safety Chief (269) 337-8123

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kalamazoo Police turns off the open public access to crime data in favor of a vendor that restricts access

Dear Kalamazoo residents,

As you have noticed, SpotCrime has not been sending alerts or mapping crime in Kalamazoo since the beginning of December.

This is because the Kalamazoo Police Department turned off public access to crime data and now publishes data This vendor website has restrictions on their website no longer making Kalamazoo public crime data open and available for the public and press to collect, use, and share.

Departments often switch systems, however, cities like Detroit and Ann Arbor have found ways to keep the public information truly open – without restrictions on the press and public.

Now, you and every citizen of Kalamazoo has to agree to lengthy terms before accessing public crime information, and these restrictive terms are subject to change at a moment’s notice. The Kalamazoo police department has taken a step backwards in transparency. Detroit is now more open than your city.

We feel that crime data transparency helps all parties – it allows the public to see the hard work of police departments and allows everyone to share information to help reduce crime. We are in favor of improving technology, but we believe it should not be at the expense of public access. Using taxpayer dollars to restrict access to public data seems counterproductive. It reduces accountability and long term public trust.

We’ve contacted the police department in hopes they would be able to again provide open crime data and to ask why they moved from an open to a restricted system, however, we haven’t received much of a response or explanation from them.

Please take time to reach out to your local representatives. Please help us get relevant crime information back in an open and transparent format and, at minimum, request that taxpayer dollars not be used in technology that diminishes transparency.

City Manager’s Office: cokcitymanager
Phone: 269-337-8047

Police Department:
Phone: 269-337-8120

Help us return relevant crime information for public consumption, increase awareness, increase trust in law enforcement, and hopefully increase the level of safety for communities.


The SpotCrime Team

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment