For months, I’ve been collecting data from San Diego Police to better understand how they respond to crime. I’m digging through the data this week, and I’d like to take you along for the ride.

In most cases, I analyze data with questions in mind. Where do police arrest the most people for drug violations? Where is the city’s top prostitution hotspot? Why do police arrest the most youth in City Heights for breaking curfew?

But this time around, I’m going to put you behind the wheel of my data journey. You ask the questions, and I’ll try to dig up the answers. I’ll post the questions and answers on the blog and provide graphics or maps, depending on the data.

The data we’ll be analyzing lists each time police arrested an adult between September 2009 and February 2010. It shows people’s name, age, eye color, hair color, gender, height and weight. It also lists when and where they were arrested and what charges they were arrested on.

Please send your questions today or tomorrow to and explain why you’re interested in the information. Your name will not be included in follow-up blog posts.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and thanks for your help!


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