To analyze police efforts on MetroLink, the Belleville News-Democrat compiled a one-of-a-kind database. The database shows every call an officer responded to or every action they initiated along the entire MetroLink line in both Illinois and Missouri.
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The records include information on all reported police activity, but do not reflect actual reported crimes.
The News-Democrat obtained the activity logs through dozens of open-records requests to police departments in each area where MetroLink runs.