The South Carolina news outlet The State had a story about Columbia Police spending nearly a quarter of a million dollars to upgrade their crime records system. There was this great bit on the reasoning behind the expenditure:
Accurate crime data is essential to public safety. It allows police to know where to focus resources. It helps City Council decide what ordinances and programs are needed to improve public safety. And reliable data provides a benchmark that lets the public know whether those efforts have been effective.I couldn't agree more. What is your agency doing to ensure that your crime stats are accurate?