Police were at your neighbor’s home for a while last night and you saw him taken away in handcuffs. It apparently wasn’t a big enough deal to attract local news reporters, but you would like to know what it was all about.
Turns out, the Oklahoma City Police Department can help satisfy your curiosity. Last week, police announced the daily jail blotter, which includes a daily record of arrests made by city officers, as well as a month’s worth of archived blotters, is available at OCPD.com. Capt. Patrick Stewart said police decided to post the list of arrestees every day because it was a public record with a lot of interest. "In talking to the captain at the records department, we determined that a lot of manpower and time was spent by people who were wanting to view not only today’s blotter but also previous blotters from two weeks ago,” Stewart said. Officers began to ask whether there was a better way to make the information available to anyone with Internet access. "What we came up with, I think, will better serve the needs of the public, who no longer have to travel to the police department to see the blotter,” Stewart said. After logging on to OCPD.com, click on the "Jail Blotter” link on the left side of the page. The jail blotter is a daily record of people booked into the Oklahoma County jail by Oklahoma City police officers. A new blotter is posted every day except on weekends and holidays. Weekend postings usually will show up on Mondays.