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Arrest reports part of area’s public record

Posted: April 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 27, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

This week, The Signal introduced a new feature to its coverage lineup. We are now posting daily arrests made by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station on our website under the “Crime” category ,which currently falls under the “News” header on our site. The arrests are taken from the station’s booking logs, which are public records that most law enforcement agencies in this country furnish to media outlets.

As many media companies do, we have decided to publish the names of the people arrested and a description of the original charge. This information may also be printed in the paper. It should be noted that the published charge may be modified or dropped at a later date by the justice system.

Although this policy may cause discomfort to the people arrested and their families, we feel that it is our duty as a news organization to provide this information to our readers. It is part of the daily public record of what goes on in the Santa Clarita Valley on any given day, and citizens of this valley have a right to know about it.

Our job as a media organization is to provide the most complete information possible to our readers. Publishing public information, such as arrests and other crime reports, is part of that. All arrests of public record will be published. Please don’t ask for exceptions.

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