[You can imagine where this will lead in cities that don't specifically
mandate real transparency protocols relevant to public, web-accessible
Here's a news release from Public Engines/CrimeReports.com regarding the
lawsuit settlement with ReportSee/SpotCrime.com:
There are many things wrong with the statements in here, like the idea that
"transparency" means police department's totally control the information
Or the idea that "general public" excludes news organizations.
The way CrimeReports works in their contracts with PDs, neither the general
public nor any news organization are permitted to hold the crime data and
Many police agencies around the country are removing their public police
blotter and replacing it with proprietary crime mapping that has massive
This is not a move towards transparency.