Dwight E. Hines, Ph.D. IndyMedia 715 Green Woods Road Peru, Maine 04290 October 11, 2010 Edward M.

Quinn, Lieutenant Oxford County Sheriff’s Office P.O. Box 179 South Paris, Maine 04281 Dear Lieutenant Quinn: I received your response to my request over a week after my request, about September 18th, and I understand how busy you are. I apologize for my delay in responding to you but I, too, have been busy. I’m glad you are sensitive to the dates because one of the measures that we are making now is response time to requests, as well as completeness and accuracy. Someday, maybe soon, the data will be on the extensive national lists, such as Reporters’ Committee for a Free Press <www.rcfp.org>. Thank you for the information that you sent and I again will be accessing the databases at the state and federal levels. My major concern at this time is that the data on crimes are not as accurate as they need to be to properly evaluate the outcomes of different policing and educational programs. Like you, this concerns me because it means that successful programs will not be identified and continued and unsuccessful programs might be continued. During times of tight monies there is little doubt that those programs and projects that are properly evaluated will have a much higher likelihood of continued funding than those that are not properly evaluated. <http://www.alnap.org/> At this time, my data indicate that the error range is not likely greater than ten percent for each of the categories, except for gangs, witness/party tampering and white collar crimes (mostly insurance fraud). Yet, even less than ten percent error can wipe out or mask the effects of a law enforcement or educational intervention. In addition, inaccurate data can cause a tremendous decrease in public trust, agency morale, and agency effectiveness. My request to you with this letter is for an opportunity to examine and review what federal and state grants you are currently receiving and what federal and state grants you have submitted or have in preparation to submit in the near future. Because Obama’s Executive Order to Federal Agencies not only has tightened their requirements for specifying their data quality requirements under the Data Quality Act < http://www.thecre.com/quality/2010/20100624a_quality.html> and has added peer review as a part of the process, the DQA is probably the best way to improve the error rates in crime reporting, see also < http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/evaluation/about.htm> I know you have struggled with the issues, as I have, as what are tolerable error rates in dealing with crime reporting, but my feeling at this time is that zero-tolerance is not humanly possible in dealing with a system as complex as our criminal justice system. It will just frustrate everyone involved if we try to attain the levels of precision that are possible in engineering or physics. Yet, it is also obvious that the record keeping changes that have occurred in law enforcement in the last 25 years
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sunshine Sheriff Gallant 2 .have greatly improved law enforcement in all areas. Dwight Hines Copy: database. and I don’t think people here want to return to those days. No matter what. Maine has come a long way from the time when they used to have one of the largest Ku Klux Klans in the United States. though there are undoubtedly some residuals. I look forward to determining what small changes can be made to improve the accuracy of the system and its different components. So.