Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s report on crime statistics from 17,000 city, county and state law enforcement agencies voluntarily submitting information. Reports are organized annually, monthly or from a particular year to the present date.
Why you’d want them: The reports provide numbers on arrests, arson, domestic violence, homicides, etc., from any given month in any given year, dating to 2001.
Where you get the records: http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/SAC/data_and_statistics_ucr.html
Go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Web site (mshp.dps.missouri.gov). Below the logo, select "Uniform Crime Reporting" under the "Statistics/Media" tab.