You talked. We listened.

We heard from people who are not reporting crimes because they don’t want to be listed as a victim in the paper. We can’t control what the paper puts out, but we can change what goes out in our report each morning to help protect your privacy.

The only change we have made is to not identify victim names in our daily police activity report. This is the crime blotter you see published on the Riley County Police Department website and social media pages every weekday.

We are still releasing all crime information, road closures and crash information that we always have. If you have a question about something going on, ask. We want to help you know what is going on in our community.

We continue to work with our news partners to ensure they are given information they need and are entitled to by law. We held a media relations meeting earlier this month to consider this change. All media outlets who cover RCPD were invited, and everyone in attendance was in favor of the change. (Editor’s note: The Mercury did not attend this meeting.)

The Kansas Open Records Act requires that we release certain victim information for certain crimes when requested. When media or the public makes this request, we will get them that information if we can.

Below is an example of what crime reports looked like before. The second example is what they will look like in the future — all of the same information, just no victim name.

Before: Officers filed a report for theft in the 1300 block of Tuttle Creek Boulevard on Monday, June 24, 2019, at approximately 7 a.m. Officers listed John Doe, 19, of Manhattan as the victim when he reported an unknown suspect took his Specialized bicycle. The estimated total loss associated with this case is approximately $500.

Now: Officers filed a report for theft in the 1300 block of Tuttle Creek Boulevard on Monday, June 24, 2019, at approximately 7 a.m. Officers listed a 19-year-old male of Manhattan as the victim when he reported an unknown suspect took his Specialized bicycle. The estimated total loss associated with this case is approximately $500.

Hali Rowland

Public information officer

RCPD

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