The blotter blackout continues and these letters to the editor demand that NYPD change its ways

Letters: We want our police blotter!

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The police department stopped providing reporters access to crime report information that is the basis for our weekly police blotter nearly three weeks ago and our readers are weighing in about what we are calling the “blotter blackout.”

To the editor,

New Yorkers had better get used to a news blackout from the police department, starting with the axing of community police blotters.

Even though this is happening just a few days before the end of the Bloomberg administration, mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio’s new socialist government coming in will, no doubt, try to suppress increasing crime rates as they tie our brave officers’ hands. A wholly politically correct effort in reducing the security of its citizens, including no stop-and-frisk and no other sound tactics that have proven to put fear in certain criminal elements.

Why should they report any problems, when they are committed to the goal of “income equality” where there will be no need for crime — yeah right!

Robert W. Lobenstein, Marine Park

To the editor,

I applaud the fact police blotters were replaced this week by information about our local precincts.

As an educator and community activist, it’s more important for residents to be actively engaged in helping to protect our local communities. In fact, all of the information regarding our local precincts and community council meetings were listed for residents to be advised of. Instead of waiting to read about local crime that might be occurring in our neighborhoods, it’s up to all of us to take the steps to prevent being victims.

In the early 1980s, a National Night Out Against Crime began in a time when we had to fight for each and every street. Also, it sent out a message that there is a partnership between the members of the community and the officers from our local precincts.

Now is the time for all residents to gather together to join local community council meetings. You will learn about the local anti-crime programs and find a treasure trove of crime-fighting strategies that will reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Also, it’s a way of building positive relationships between cops and the community. It’s designed for people who don’t normally interact with the police, to give them the opportunity to know what the police do and what’s available to them.

As 2014 rolls around, we can’t expect our streets to be safer without our involvement. Instead of waiting to read about crime in our neighborhoods, let’s try to stop it before it happens. It’s all about being proactive instead of reactive. It’s also fun to be involved. Try it. You’ll like it!

Scott Krivitsky, Coney Island

To the editor,

I am too young to remember World War II. What I learned was that first Hitler controlled the media and then burned books so that his subjects would only learn what he wanted them to know.

I wonder if our new mayor, who wants us to think his policies will work to lower crime, will only let us know what crime statistics he wants us to know, not the actual crimes, but only what he lets the media report.

I enjoyed reading the police blotter to know what my fellow citizens and criminals were doing.

Name withheld upon request

Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Orwell from 1984 says:
Who works for whom? Don't the cops work for the citizens? As such, what right do they have not to give this information to the public?

Or are we increasingly becoming like come Communist Bloc country?

DCPI should be ashamed of itself.

"Tale of Two Cities" apparently isn't just about economics.
Dec. 23, 2013, 5:50 am
ty from pps says:
Why do I have a feeling that the 1st and last letters were only examples of the medium-crazy letters the paper received.

And how do these mentally unstable individuals think that Ray Kelly and Michael Bloomberg are spending the last month of their jobs to do the bidding of the *next* police commissioner and mayor? (I mean, the socialist Hitler)
Dec. 23, 2013, 8:55 am
tee gee from sunset park says:
Trusted NYPD officers once explained to me that NYC crime is largely "mini-crime waves". Typical is a case they described "Two cousins found it was easy to climb a fire escape and look for an open window, go in and take whatever they found". In two weeks the two cousins were responsible for two dozen reported "break-ins". If we can get information out to the public about these mini-crime waves - in their own community - we can be proactive in stopping crime. So the police blotter reporting is of major importance. Also I would be very wary of folks who are called upon by the media to react to NYPD policies, since NYPD quietly finances numerous not for profits and their reps to go out into the public and "support" their policies - giving us the belief that this is the general public reacting, when it is NOT.
Dec. 23, 2013, 9:47 am
diehipster from Clubbing Calebs says:
I really hope the blotter comes back soon. I miss reading about how naive Parker the marionette shaped barista got punched in the head and robbed because he was walking home in Bushwick at 3 am with his head phones blasting "terrrrtally ah-some" progressive indie jams.

Or how Heidi wonders why her Ipad was taken right out her hands as she sat right by the train door heading her new Bed stuy condo built in the middle of the hood.

Or why some jug band from Nebraska left their van unlocked all night in Greenpoint and had all their parentally bought instruments stolen out of it.

Dec. 23, 2013, 11:56 am
Interloper from all over Brooklyn says:
Yes, bring back the police blotter so we can read about all of the crimes committed by sociopathic locals like Diehipster. After all, it's pretty obvious that it's not the transplants who punch people in the face and take their phones, or break into their neighbor's houses to steal laptops and jewelry in order to buy heroin. Progressive displacement of resident criminals by gentrification is what has driven crime rates in NYC to new lows, and that benefits long time residents and newcomers alike.
Dec. 23, 2013, 1:41 pm
ty from pps says:
But, Interloper, didn't you know that the chance for general suffering and, if you're lucky being the victim of violent crime is what makes Brooklyn oh so charming?
Dec. 23, 2013, 6:08 pm
Stonewalled Stonecraft from Quotaville says:
So NYPD is working with DHS and NSA to get everyone's info, but won't help local reporters with basic neighborhood police blotters?

Why aren't City Councilmembers on this?

Where's Jummmmaaaaannnnneeeee when ya need him?
Dec. 23, 2013, 7:49 pm
Gretchen from East Ditmas Terrace says:
Hehehehe Die hipster. I love how you plainly tell it like it is and the out of towners think you are some escaped convict. It seems to be their only reaction to the reality of new york and that no amount of racist elitism from Whitepicketfencia, MI will ever make Brooklyn the way they want it.
Dec. 23, 2013, 10:56 pm

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