Wynnewood, PA -- Crime Stats are coming. The TAPinto team will start providing trending criminal and law enforcement data using charts, graphs, and historical data. Is there a rash of break-ins in your neighborhood? Not sure? Check crime stats here at the TAPinto news site. Don't worry. We will be providing in-depth crime and police stories. Just like you see in the old-print versions of the newspapers. The difference is the details won't usually be one or two line sentences unless the police are being tight-lipped.
The Police Blotter is slang used to describe police practice and procedures. It refers to a book that records arrests and other facts and events in a police station that occurred on a daily basis. The term was coined long before there were technological advancements like the typewriter, radio, and television. Every event that happened daily within a police station/district or department was hand recorded into a journal called the blotter.
Federal and state Freedom of Information laws mandate police agencies to keep a record of daily activities at the police station. Such records are known as police blotters. These records can be inspected by the public. Local newspapers review these blotters to print arrests or notable activities. Today, Police Blotters are recorded records within electronic databases versus printed journals.