Monday, February 18, 2019

Hmmmm........

JPD recently ditched the Comstat crime reporting system for the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.  WLBT's highly esteemed star investigative reporter C.J. attended the first public command staff discussion of UCR and came away rather troubled:






Kingfish note: Switching to a different system? JJ is willing to give JPD a couple of weeks to convert.  If is somewhat amusing to watch Mr. Lemaster's histrionics from a few weeks ago when he reported JPD only published a few crime reports on social media when if he had bothered to look at the city website, he would have seen they were posted every week. ;-) 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Help me here. Is there really no regulation of
these numbers? How was the City of Jackson
allowed to do their own thing and then, when it
was called out, just... switch? What about a
transition period? Surely this isn’t just the Chief
saying, “Whoops. Let’s try this,” is it?

Does this mean all of those “National,” crime
statistics are flawed because ALL cities are able
to record them as they see fit? Let’s be honest.
We are already atop the leaderboard... and now,
Jackson may be actually watering THOSE
numbers down? Good grief.

Anonymous said...

Cantina Laredo's closing is not going to help. Businesses are usually the best deterrent of crime. They create traffic and safety in numbers. I hope that the best days of the District are not behind her. That would only add to these crime stats.

Anonymous said...

CJ is a really nice guy. I worked with him on some story I can’t remember but I just remember how he was very professional and pleasant.

C.J. LeMaster said...

Thanks for the props, Kingfish, but they weren't always posted every week. A link to those crime stats would be changed and updated with PDF whenever they decided to do it. Search "COMSTAT" on the city's website and you'll find more. They've only been consistently weekly for part of October (3 weeks) and part of November (2 weeks).

9 different PDFs from various dates:

November 12, 2017
September 10, 2018
October 14, 2018
October 21, 2018
October 28, 2018
November 11, 2018
November 18, 2018
December 9, 2018
January 13, 2019

If I'm missing something, let me know. But they're hardly transparent about this process.

Kingfish said...

They didn't post them from November 17 to October 18. Before that they were posted on a regular basis, usually weekly. They started posting them again in October and fairly regularly until a few weeks ago.

They lost a couple of people in the Comstat department so that held them up for a little while.

Anonymous said...

Ok folks, quick Criminal Justice 101 lesson...Uniform Crime Reports have been around since about 1929. Crime statistics are compiled from UCR data and published annually by the FBI in the Crime in the United States series. This is not something new, and it’s actually being phased out - being replaced by NIBRS (National Incident Based Reporting System) by January 1, 2021.

In 2018, HB1040 made it mandatory for all MS Law Enforcement agencies to become NIBRS compliant. Also, MS will finally have a state reporting department (only state that doesn’t). If states don’t become NIBRS compliant by a certain deadline, they lose all access to federal grant programs.

Citizen Z said...

@3:00 PM

Thanks for the insight. Would you dare speculate that Mississippi's substandard reporting may have allowed Aurora factory shooter to get his Illinois gun purchase permit?

I find it shocking that Illinois permitted him to bypass the Brady Instant Background check with a state issued permit.

The media stated that he had a felony in Mississippi that should've prevented his NICS approval for a firearm purchase, had he not been issued an Illinois purchase permit.

Anonymous said...

The better question is why JPD hasn't been putting the weekly crime reports on the front page of the JPD section of the website, or why in the weekly crime report they don't put the complete list of what crimes were committed on what streets in what precinct. They do that sparingly and not in every report. For us to have to go to search for the report is a disservice to the people who live & work in the city of Jackson. I have checked numerous times a week in the past the the Crime Report link on the JPD section of the city website and they hadn't updated the crime report in MONTHS. I believe one time it was January and they still had a crime report from November up on the website. Recently, they haven't been posting them either, sure they were there, but they had them buried where you had to go search for them to find them. Now to find out the numbers were being fudged and Chief Davis just chalks it up to "errors", please, I think we are all a little smarter than that. And just from searching on the city website, no, they haven't posted them weekly, or even on a regular or consistent basis.

Anonymous said...

They are incompetent and lazy. Officers have been told to stop filing Vehicle Theft Reports among other reports. They want their numbers to look like they are improving, not getting worse as we all know they are.. So even the ones they have attempted to divert or not divulge probably doesn't even account for half of the reports they never even filed. I personal know one person that was told by the office he could not do a theft report when her vehicle was stolen (not sure how insurance handled that one). I have a relative that was told he had to hire an attorney and file a "Civil" suit for his getting stolen. Not sure how you file a Civil Suit if you don't know the other party's name. I also have a relative that his house was broken into and when the cops showed up they did NOTHING, wouldn't even file a report, told the guy to leave and advised it would be handled through their "Internal Affairs Dept" - so according to City of Jackson, Cops can break any law they want and they do not get arrested - "it's handled through their Internal Affairs Dept" and obviously swept under the rug...

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