Following up on citizen complaints that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had –apparently without public notice–removed crime statistics from its website (and stopped reporting them to CrimeMapping.com), the Santa Clarita Valley Signal newspaper reports that LASD removed the data because it was inaccurate.
No word on if or when that data feed will be re-enabled, though the Department says people will be able to find manually-verified data on LASD.org monthly. It was unclear when this practice would begin or whether the crime statistics Sheriff McDonnell reported at a press conference several months ago were accurate or inaccurate.
“This recent change will ensure the Department provides verified official crime data to the public, on a regular basis and in a transparent manner. This same verified data is also submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for inclusion in the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) on a monthly basis,” a Department spokesman told the paper.
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