The Schenectady Police Department has started posting its arrests reports (including mugshots) online -- and it's publicizing them via a Twitter feed. It looks like the department just started this week.
Police departments have made mug shots available to the media for use in stories for years. As departments have gotten connected to the web, many departments have started posting mugshots online for everybody to browse.
Some media outlets have even turned collections of the shots into content (for example, Newsday). The St. Petersburg Times (Tampa, FL) recently launched an entire site dedicated to mugshots, which prompted a discussion about the ethics of these sites.
While it's good to see a local governmental agency sharing more info online, arrests reports are only part of the crime fighting story. It would be even better to see local police departments post crime reports online. Then the information is not just "look what we did," but also "look what we still have to do."
Some cities already do this and sites such as Everyblock have put the data to good use.
photos: Schenectady Police Department
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