Digging up information on the police beat

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  • 1. DIGGING UP INFORMATION ON THE COPS/COURTS BEATFBI Uniform Crime Reports:http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucrCampus Crime:http://ope.ed.gov/security/Department of Corrections inmate databases:http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/offender_information.htmFederal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator:http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jspCriminal Record Checks:https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DpsWebsite/index.aspxNational Sex Offender Registry:http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/Portal.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Educationhttp://www.tcleose.state.tx.us/(Close Up)Criminal Searches:http://www.criminalsearches.com/U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics:http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/PACER: http://pacer.psc.uscourts/gov/RECAP: https://www.recapthelaw.org/
  • 2. DOCUMENTS AND DATASalary/OvertimeCheck stats on recruiting class911 tapes and response dataAmbulance/paramedic and Fire response timesSearch warrantsAutopsy reportsPre-Sentencing InvestigationsProbable Cause Affidavits (from first appearances)Police Internal Affairs, Use of Force statistics, ComplaintsRequest a current list of sworn officers, with whatever identifying information you canget (including DOB). Check to see how many officers have convictions, includingmisdemeanors. DWI? Domestic violence?STORY IDEASCrime StatsClearance RatesResponse TimesConviction RatesAre domestic violence cases increasing in your community?Has the state Attorney General filed any consumer protection lawsuits against companiesin your county or region?