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1/26/2007 11:54:20 AM (7)
I'm not sure I think this is a very good idea, although I know it was a lot of work. As previously stated, this provides a quick picture for people who will only look at numbers. A benefit of the data being a little difficult to muddle through in its other form, is that people who spend the time to work through it are likely the same people that understand the big picture of demographics and such to take into consideration. Here you can click on an officer and see rates, that's as fas as some people will ever go in making an opinion on whether an officer is making decisions based on race. I think it can easily be used as a step to encourage more complaints. It's easy to put all the disclaimers on the website and wash ones hands of the end result, but the reality is, most people will not head that information and will make rush, unfair judgements.



1/26/2007 11:17:41 AM (6)
I appreciate you adding the Commendations. You noted that there are so few. It has been my experience that the culture within policing is the primary reason that so few commendations are given. Essentially, many officers take actions everyday that those outside policing would see as commendable, if not heroic. However, as officers, we take it for granted and, to some degree, belittle ourselves.



A concerned caucasion
1/26/2007 8:06:48 AM (5)
Why don't you conduct a study on the correlation between the consent decree and the skyrocketing crime rate in Tulsa. In my opinion, the consent decree signaled the end of proactive police work in the city of Tulsa, just to satisfy the petty grievances of a disgruntled few. It's sad to see a city as great as Tulsa listed as one of the deadliest cities to live in. It is not the officers fault. I lay the blame on the crippling effect of the decree. Why would you want to do a pedestrian check or a traffic stop with a person of a different race if you know there will be paperwork or possible complaints to follow.
The decree not only questions the integrity of the Tulsa Department as a whole but lays a foundation to undermine the effectiveness of all police departments across our nation.



1/25/2007 9:59:17 PM (4)
Sharp looking site. The left menu doesn't work with Firefox though.

I just hope people reading this recognize that these numbers only tell a small part of the story. People need to consider the make-up of different parts of the city, the race of the victims, the race of the suspects, economic factors, etc.

It's unfortunate that there aren't more people focused on the larger picture.

Maybe you could add a section in the future dealing with some of these other statistics.

The work you've done is a good start though.



1/25/2007 6:59:26 PM (3)
The Officer Stats page already shows the number of promotions and commendations received.

However, it is only a lack of time that has prevented me from adding the details of the commendations to the Officer Details page. I originally put that feature on the back-burner because there are only 200-some-odd commendations department-wide. There's not really much to display. But for those who have received them, it's rather an insult to show any complaints that they may have faced without also showing the commendations. That would be an injustice to them, and I have now fixed that.

Keep in mind that the site only represents a little less than 5 days work. It's not a full blown, feature rich thing just yet. I intend to add new things as we go along.


Steve Stoltz
1/25/2007 5:05:50 PM (2)
I think your website is as accurate as you can make it, however no mention of letters of commendations or other awards...any reason why?



Will Dalsing
1/24/2007 11:14:04 AM (1)
Excellent website!



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