Friday, June 27, 2008

Annual reports

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Nebraska Memories, a project of the Nebraska Library Commission to digitize historical material. They've continued to scan LPD historical documents, and there are a lot more of our Annual Reports from the 1940's and 1950's available now.

In the meantime we've been coming at it from the opposite direction, scanning some of our Annual Reports from the 1980's and early 1990's. The net result is that we now have Annual Reports for 20 years online. We'll continue trying to fill in the gaps. Beginning in 1997 we produced the Annual Report with desktop publishing software then distilled document with Adobe Acrobat. The resulting .pdf files are reasonably-sized. For earlier years, though, the reports were scanned as images, so they are pretty large files.

One of my favorite parts of the Annual Reports is the "Year in Review" section we started about twelve years ago. It's interesting to look back at the month-by-month highlights. You'll also find mostly the same data reported from year to year, usually in about the same place within the report. This is a great resource to high school or college students looking for a term paper project.

12 comments:

Traffic Guru said...

Cool...circa 1985...it shows I actually had / have seniority over a past, out-state Chief of Police, two Captains, one Asst. Chief...and YOU. I should have stayed.

Tom Casady said...

Good morning, Dave.

Prairie Dog said...

Now this is history...
27 June 1652

The rulers of what was then New Amsterdam instituted the first traffic regulations in America. The law bars wagons, carts and sleighs from being driven at a gallop.

Anonymous said...

I have just created a "do not call list"
Much like the national list for telemarketers.
After looking at the CALLS FOR
SERVICE
BY HOUR AND DAY OF THE WEEK in the annual report I now know what hours the dispatchers are busy. So that drunk driver I would call about will be an unlucky one.

Anonymous said...

wow those old photos are spooky

Anonymous said...

http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=9143

Tom Casady said...

9:15 AM-

I trust you're not referring to that rather hairy fellow on page 13 of the 1985 Annual Report.

Anonymous said...

Good lord! Did that guy on page 13 have a mustache or was that a piece of electric tape on his upper lip???

Anonymous said...

I think today he could use a little of that special Grecian Formula :-)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the recent post regarding robberies also seems to have cursed the works, but look at the bright side: You have the Perkins suspects in custody.

Now here's what the "great" local paper won't tell you - one of them previously got a 4-for-1 (or is that 1-for-4) plea deal on a robbery + burglary (looks like it might have been a home invasion, but that's just a guess), and then showed how much he appreciated that by committing another felony (burglary) just a few months later. Now, he's apparently shifted back to robbery. The third time's the charm after all.

He'll probably be a 3-time loser before he hits 22, and he's also probably got a hefty juvie record. It's highly questionable wisdom to parole serious violent offenders that have proven themselves to be recidivists.

bababooey said...

I agree with 8:06am!

bababooey

Anonymous said...

"Complaints of police misconduct are routed to this unit where they are thoroughly investiated."

Sounds serious.

Perhaps this was pre-spell cheek....er, I mean, spell check.