The Denver Police Department has discovered problems with 1,000 of its crime reports, prompting an investigation into who is responsible for the errors and whether someone intentionally fudged the numbers. Inaccurate data or false reporting can damage a department’s credibility, said Jim Ponzi, an associate professor of criminology at Regis University in Denver who has […]
From Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition:
By Jeffrey A. Roberts, CFOIC Executive Director
Buried in Tuesday’s Colorado election results was a measure approved by Littleton residents that severely restricts the City Council’s ability to discuss public business in private.
From Coloradoan.com: Colorado State University’s on-campus stadium as proposed would inadequately address parking.
Around-the-clock footage from hundreds of government surveillance cameras in Fort Collins can be viewed on demand and is readily available to police without a warrant.
The city manager is aware of about a dozen occurrences of questionable ethics or disturbing behavior by city staff during the past year.
From Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition: With a proposed property tax increase on the November ballot, Conifer resident Melody Mesmer thought that residents of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District ought to know how much district employees have been paid over the last few years in salary and overtime.
But even though such information is public under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), the fire district isn’t handing it over.
From NFOIC: KMGH-TV, the ABC affiliate in the greater Denver area, took a critical look at Colorado's open government laws, and transparency law enforcement in that state, in a special report called “Contrary to the Public Interest.”
ABC-7’s prize-winning investigative reporter John Ferrugia interviewed National Freedom of Information Coalition executive director Ken Bunting for the special report, which first aired Sept 29.
From Wicked Local: Danvers — Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office will hold an educational forum on the Open Meeting Law in Danvers from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Health Professions and Student Services Building at North Shore Community College’s Danvers campus, 1 Ferncroft Road.
This forum is part of a broad effort by the AG’s office to assist public bodies in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law. State, local, regional and county public bodies are required to comply with the Open Meeting Law.
From Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition: Restricting access to court records in the Aurora movie theater shooting case would “serve no constructive purpose” and significantly impair the public’s understanding of issues of national importance involving violence and mental health, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued Wednesday in a letter co-signed by the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.
From Jeffrey A. Roberts, executive director, Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition: Unlike the statute governing the release of criminal-justice records, the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) says nothing about the fees that local governments and the state may charge to research and retrieve all other public records. So it is up to the courts to provide guidance.
From The Denver Post: Denver just opened the book on its finances.
The city and county of Denver launched "Transparent Denver" on Wednesday afternoon, a website displaying city finances that before were only available through public-records requests and deeper digging.
The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (formerly Colorado Freedom of Information Council), an alliance of groups and individuals committed to ensuring the transparency of state and local governments in Colorado, has named Jeffrey A. Roberts as executive director.