Watchdog and media groups concerned about crime reporting policy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Watchdog and media groups are urging the Rhode Island State Police to revise its procedures on what crime information is made public.

Their main concerns are that only arrest reports will be made public, blocking police logs and incident reports. And a suspect's employer would also be off-limits.

Scott Pickering is president of the Rhode Island Press Association. He says there are times when employment is relevant, and points to the school teacher who was charged with drinking and driving at 7:00 am.

"Under these regulations as proposed by the state police, in that case that woman's place of employment would not be made public," says Pickering. "We can all agree that that's something the public would have interest in knowing."

Pickering says the state police seemed to understand the concerns at a public hearing last night.

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