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Update: Minneapolis police will release crime data in Excel format

  • Blog Post by: Alejandra Matos
  • September 12, 2013 - 1:52 PM

Update: MinnPost reports the Minneapolis Police Department posted the Excel data files once again. Assistant Chief Matt Clark sent MinnPost an e-mail saying "The MPD values transparency with the public, and we want to provide any department information that can be lawfully shared."

Original Post: The Minneapolis Police Department stopped issuing crime data in an Excel format just weeks after MinnPost launched an interactive crime data application.

On Aug. 21, MinnPost released a Minneapolis Crime news app, which aggregated monthly neighborhood crime data in order to identify crime trends by neighborhoods. MinnPost fed the application with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Excel monthly neighborhood crime reports.

MinnPost news developers Alan Palazzolo and Kaeti Hinck wrote that they went to the police department’s website Tuesday to update their app, and to their surprise found a message saying “Do(sic) to issues with the Excel formats we will no longer be posting them.”

Read the full response from MPD to MinnPost here.

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