And then this happened the other day

So yesterday I got a call from a very confused man who worked in the Internal Affairs Bureau at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas.

You see, the HCSO has a section on their website devoted to missing persons. It has eleven pages of people listed, but due to some apparent errors in the code, you could only see the first page. There’s buttons at the bottom to click to page two, three etc, but they didn’t work. When you clicked, nothing happened.

I found a drop-down menu on the HCSO site labeled “contact us” and underneath that, a link to “online complaints.” So I filled in the complaint form explaining the problem and sent it in. And then the next day IAB called.

It turns out the complaint form is meant for filing complaints of police misconduct.

The poor guy didn’t understand at first what I was complaining about, and was asking if I’d like an officer to come to my house to discuss the problem. I was like “It’s probably just a typo, and also I live in Indiana.” But I was able to get my point across. He said he’d sent a note to IT asking them to correct the issue.

And lo, it has been fixed! You can now view eleven pages of missing people from Harris County, cases dating back to 2003.

3 thoughts on “And then this happened the other day

  1. Patrick Kerrigan September 29, 2020 / 7:16 pm

    I am glad that he was able to get the message. Otherwise it would cost the taxpayers of Houston a few bucks, to send an officer to investigate your complaint. But then you could have fed them some buckwheat kasha. Also, thanks for the link for the recipes. I will have to keep an eye out for buckwheat groats.

    • Meaghan September 29, 2020 / 7:17 pm

      You might have to order them from Amazon; I did after I was unable to find them in my local grocery.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan September 30, 2020 / 9:23 pm

    I checked a store last night, that should have had them. But did not find them. Will keep searching. I was going thru the resolved section. I liked the story on the 14 year runaway, who found her missing person flyer on her pizza receipt. I guess she thought she was not missed.

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