COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: Boone County Sheriff’s Department Operations Statistical Report
Why you’d want the records: The report breaks down Boone County Sheriff’s operations by month and activity. Some of the activities include miles traveled, homicides, rapes, assaults, dispatch calls for service and building checks. By knowing these numbers, we can not only keep our sheriffs in check, but we can learn about the increase or decrease in certain crimes over time.
Where you get the records: Go to http://www.showmeboone.com/sheriff/statistics.aspx and you can then click on Operations Statistical Report for 2011. You can also view 2007 through 2010 individually, 1995 through 2009 and 1995 through 2011.
How much will it cost: Free