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Police reports in the Mercer Island Reporter
Readers did not see a police blotter in the Sept. 19 issue of the Reporter.
Due to staffing issues at the city, the information was not available before press time.
The Reporter uses information prepared by the city — police case reports posted on the City of Mercer Island website. There, the records from most of the incidents responded to by Island police over the past several days are listed. The listings are summaries of the incidents on forms prepared by the Mercer Island police. The raw reports are sometimes held or edited so as not to jeopardize any ongoing investigations. Names and full addresses of the places and people who are involved are usually but not always redacted or blacked out. The report includes a brief summary of what happened. The Reporter takes the information provided and edits it for size, content and pertinence. Full reports are available from the city through a public records request that any person or citizen may make.
Other tools are available to help citizens request full reports or look at crime activity in the city, including a GIS mapping tool that shows where crime occurred. For those tools and more, go to www.mercergov.org, go to the ‘Departments’ tab on the top of the page, and scroll down to ‘Police.’