NOTE: I am a huge fan of data and the analysis of data as it relates to laser specific allocations of police resources. A site that I follow and enjoy is the Crime Analyst’s Blog. Give it a look.
Anyway, Scott Dickson posted this piece below about the city of Denver disputing their reported crime data as listed by the FBI. The kick is; the FBI credited them with lower levels of crime, but Denver says; Hold On!! Our crime is much higher.. Who is right?
Whose Crime Numbers Are Right, The FBI’s or a Local Agency’s?
Colorado police departments send crime reports to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, which then submits them to the federal government. Certain errors, such as minor problems with an officer’s report, can cause CBI to reject the entire report, Murray said.
A CBI spokeswoman did not return a call Monday night.
“There is no accountability for the data. It’s uniform, but it’s uniformly wrong . … Our data is much more accurate because we require that,” Murray said.
Via The Denver Post
What I really find unusual about this story is that DPD is asserting that Denver crime is worse than the FBI makes it out to be. Usually when an agency complains that the FBI’s data is wrong it’s the other way around, the FBI’s data showing their city to be worse off than the local agency says it is.