Don’t Post Comments to the MPD Site

by Staff on January 13, 2007 · 18 comments

in Off-topic

I just thought I’d post a little warning who may be tempted to send a message to the Mitchell Police Department through their comments page.

The MPD site says the following: “Let us hear from you. Need assistance? Have a suggestion? Got a tip? Click on the contact link below and we will forward your comments to the appropriate people.”

The form looks innocent enough, right? There’s places for you to enter your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and your comments and send it off to the “webmaster” (which is Chief Hardman).

What you don’t see when you click the “Submit Query” button is that they are also logging your computer’s IP address. The IP address is a number assigned to your computer by your Internet provider when you connect to the Internet. This number uniquely identifies you on the Internet and is the #1 way that people are tracked down via law enforcement on the Internet (I work in computer security and use this same method to track people down all the time).

In short, if you have something you want to say to the Mitchell Police Department but want to remain anonymous, *DO NOT* use their contact page. The only reason they’re tracking your IP address is in case you piss them off. That way they can track you down and punish you for saying what you think.

That said, I also believe in full disclosure, so let me say this. When you send a comment through my web site, the software running on this website also includes your IP address. The difference here is that I have no interest in tracking any of you down (nor any legal way of finding out who you are from your IP address — unlike law enforcement), and that information is also deleted automatically at midnight every night. They can’t subpoena information that I don’t have. =)

Perhaps I’ll make up my own contact page for the Mitchell Police Department, and let you good citizens send your comments to them in a 100% completely anonymous and confidential manner.

6 comments
cris 2007
cris 2007

How about taking all that money donated for fireworks and the money spent on the fish fry and building a skate park for the skateboarders?

bradley
bradley

hey great site! i couldn't believe somebody was brave enough to finally do something like this. i guess you haven't heard how they are if you try to stand up to them. just watch your back because they will try many things (tickets, false arrest, following you around town, serving bogus search warrants, and etc.) to get at you for this if they find out who you are. i have seen it all to many times. anyway when i was growing up I know for a fact that they would drive around town at night and shoot peoples animals. so if you ever had an animal (cat or dog) that may of got loose and then died of a .22 cal gunshot wound then you can thank mitchell police. it seems the way they were able to get away with it is because they put a silencer on their .22 cal rifle. i had the chance to see that weapon once when their police car was getting worked on. why would a police department need to carry around a .22 cal silenced rifle anyway? if they needed to kill something why not just use their handgun? maybe they didn't want people to hear them killing their animals. when i first heard of this i had contacted peta, but they didn't want to go up against a police department. i couldn't ever figure out why the would go around town shooting peoples animals, especially with a silenced .22, if they were justified in shooting the animals on a nightly basis, why not use a more human weapon instead of somethinf so small? i agree that it's time for a change in office, we have a chief who will do absoluting nothing but gets paid 50 thousand a year. then he has his little side kick nazis go out and write tickets as if this were lousville or another major city. it's a small town, and it's getting smaller. i agree that we do not need anymore police officers for a city this small. the ones we have act like it's a city of 50 thousand people and try to brain wash the good citizens. can anyone guess how many police poeple have retired? here's a hint, ... five. in all the years of the departments history, only five have ever retired. that should tell you something there. i have heard that the police is ran so badly that dispatcer joey slone is going to give up his counsil seat and run for mayor to make some much need changes. well, if that is true, then you will have my vote joe! good luck with your site! i'm sure i'll check it out agian.

john
john

i wonder if these people know that they may be able to file a law suite against the city for poor fire protection. theres a lot involed in it but i bet they would have a case and teach our city that we do care about each other even though those out trying to protect us really dont. i guess you can say that they are just in it for the money, oh wait i once heard that if you work for the city you automatically work on firedepartment. so do most of firefighters really care about helping us. probably not. maybe the city should try to find some people who really care about us.

Mrs. A. White
Mrs. A. White

I added links. Can please you add links from your pages to www.BedfordSucks.com ? Thanks Webmaster@BedfordSucks.com

Mrs. A. White
Mrs. A. White

Mitchell had a fire that claimed a life of a young woman early this morning. The police/fire scanner woke me up today with the fire dispatcher desprately trying to get their fire department there. No one seemed to be responding to the fire. I can only imagine how aweful that was for the dispatcher listenling to the cries of help and not being able to get a fire truck to it. I remember just last month hearing a police officer getting mad on the radio because a mans house was burning and the fire department wasn't responding. Here is my proposal to the polititions that actually care about Mitchell: Instead of hiring two more police officers (by looking the the comments on this site I can see we don't need to hire more), hire two fulltime firemen. Those two fireman could work nights and also respond to medical calls that may arise late in the night. I'm sure those two full time firemen would be a lot more useful than two MORE policemen. We have enough people during the that it could still be efficent enough to work. Think about it!!!!!! You never know when it could happen to us, our friends, and our neighbor.

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