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MPD staff routinely changed crime codes
Milwaukee J-S ^ | 13 june 2012 | Ben Posten

Posted on 06/13/2012 6:17:45 AM PDT by rellimpank

Milwaukee police record clerks have routinely changed computer codes by hand in a way that removes serious assaults from the city's violent crime rate, a Journal Sentinel investigation has found.

This is done even when the department's computer system flags the incidents as cases where an aggravated assault classification is warranted because a dangerous weapon was used.

Instead of correcting the report to put the incident in the proper crime category, in hundreds of cases clerks or supervisors changed the weapon listing to generic codes that avoided triggering additional scrutiny by state and FBI crime analysts.

That allowed the incidents to be reported as simple assaults, a lesser classification that is not part of the city's violent crime rate, which Police Chief Edward Flynn and Mayor Tom Barrett have touted as dropping for four consecutive years.

While Flynn has blamed computer issues for more than 500 cases of misreported aggravated assaults identified by a Journal Sentinel investigation in May, a review of the process shows any computer shortcomings are exacerbated by clerks who department officials now acknowledge handled cases incorrectly.

(Excerpt) Read more at jsonline.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; milwaukee; wisconsin
--how to "fix" your crime statistics-

-Barrett is of course the one just trounced by Scott Walker in the recall and Flynn is the C of P who promised to "throw peoploe to the sidewalk" for legal open carry of firearms---

1 posted on 06/13/2012 6:17:56 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

-—peoploe-——aargh—”people”


2 posted on 06/13/2012 6:19:54 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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This kind of data massage is common to almost all agencies that are mandated to report in any government arena. The results are politically predetermined and the data is then made to fit. Even the watchers manipulate the data to justify their existence. And so government grows and people get exactly the amount of government/crime the society is willing to tolerate.


3 posted on 06/13/2012 6:25:54 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: rellimpank

This kind of data massage is common to almost all agencies that are mandated to report in any government arena. The results are politically predetermined and the data is then made to fit. Even the watchers manipulate the data to justify their existence. And so government grows and people get exactly the amount of government/crime the society is willing to tolerate.


4 posted on 06/13/2012 6:26:27 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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From all the LEOs I’ve known over the past 25-30yrs, they tell me that their depts have “reclassified” many crimes to purposely lower the various crime rates, and the FBI’s year-end stats, so that the Law Enforcement Community/Industry looks good. Too much Fed/State funding involved; the reporting process is totally-corrupted and had been, for a long time.


5 posted on 06/13/2012 6:41:41 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: carriage_hill

You are correct. Lies, damn lies and statistics. And dept.’s use them both ways.

While unions turn a blind eye.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 6:46:37 AM PDT by Cap'n Crunch (Rush Limbaugh, the Winston Churchill of our time)
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If you read further down in the article. They blame the computer system and want 7.5 million to upgrade it. Thankfully it was not approved but I like how when they screw up, they want to spend more money rather than stop padding the numbers. Typical government corruption.


7 posted on 06/13/2012 6:57:06 AM PDT by XXXoholic
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“... the reporting process is totally corrupted...”

Agreed. I remember hearing from one LEO that the domestic abuse definition was changed years back. It includes homosexuals, live in couples, and even when two or more friends rent an apartment/condo/house etc... Essentially, domestic abuse is defined by people “living” together even on a temporary basis. Needless to say, the domestic abuse statistics went through the roof.


8 posted on 06/13/2012 6:58:37 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: rellimpank
Ah yes, a proposed new system and another internal review followed by hiring a consultant for new procedures, etc. And the beat goes on. How about a few targeted prosecutions and firings? Dreams, I know.
9 posted on 06/13/2012 7:02:21 AM PDT by Truth29
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Ah, the stench of a liberal city in a liberal state.

Always lowering the bar so that folks can crawl under it.


10 posted on 06/13/2012 7:06:16 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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So if Milwaukee is doing this what are the chances that other/all cities are doing this?


11 posted on 06/13/2012 7:07:25 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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“We’ve reviewed our crime statistics, and we’re in agreement: Turbo Tax did it!”


12 posted on 06/13/2012 7:09:09 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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It’s not really a liberal state. There are 5.5 million people in Wisconsin and 2.5 million live in the Madison / Milwaukee metro area that is super liberal. The rest of the state is normal. To bad we can’t give Madison and Milwaukee to Illynoise.


13 posted on 06/13/2012 11:05:30 AM PDT by elmorgan
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