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 http://columbiamissourian.com/records.
The records: The Columbia Police Department provides a month-by-month look at crime in Columbia.
Why you’d want them: The records show which types of crime — violent or property — have been occurring, and how often each type of crime is occurring.
Where you get the records: Go to gocolumbiamo.com/Police/, click “Crime Mapping and Statistics” in the middle of the page and then click “Uniform Crime Reporting and Monthly Dispatch Data.” Under the "UCR" tab in the middle of the page is the option to sort crime reports by month, year and type of crime. Choose "Monthly UCR" to see the most recently released crime data.
How much will it cost: The information is free.