Denver police acknowledge errors with 1,000 crime reports

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…

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Open records peek behind city’s closed doors

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.

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Jeffrey Roberts: When public information is not public

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.

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NFOIC executive director discussed Colorado’s open government laws on ‘Contrary to the Public Interest’

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.

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AG’s office to hold Open Meeting Law forum in Danvers

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.

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Reporters Committee, CFOIC ask court to reject James Holmes’ motion to restrict access to pleadings

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.

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What is a “reasonable” CORA fee?

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.

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Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition hires executive director

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.

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