Police blotter is a slang term that is used in police practice and procedures. It refers to a book that records arrests and other facts and events in a police station, on a daily basis, such as drug violations, that happen during any given police shift. Arrests are recorded in a police blotter as they occur. Details such as name, age, and address of the suspect/person arrested, time and place of an incident, name of the officer who responded to the incident, and name of the victim/complaining person.
Federal and state Freedom of Information laws mandate police agencies to keep a record of daily activities at the police station. These records can be inspected by the public. It is very common for Local newspapers to review these blotters to print arrests or notable activities.
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