I want to take a moment to address a new ongoing feature in the Weekly that you may have noticed, namely the O’Fallon and Shiloh Police Incident Reports and the O’Fallon Fire Call Logs. I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about not having a police blotter. Personally, I find most police blotters to be intrusive and just a place where nosey folks can learn about their neighbor’s lowest points in life.
However, recently I was speaking to someone and they made a very good point that a blotter can also alert folks to happenings in their neighborhood that they may otherwise not have known about. For example, it appears as though there are some kids going around Shiloh and O’Fallon destroying mailboxes. My readers deserve to know if their neighborhoods are seeing an increase in criminal activity.
One major difference between the Incident Reports the Weekly will run and most police blotters is that we will not be running any names associated with the listed incidents. If your neighbor gets pulled over for a DUI, you won’t find his or her name in the Incident Reports. I still maintain that when folks are in a position to show up in a police blotter, they have a lot of negativity in their lives and don’t need the newspaper piling on.
But going forward, you can track what the O’Fallon and Shiloh Police Departments are doing each week and how it may impact your neighborhood in our Incident Reports section.
Are there any features you’d like to see the O’Fallon Weekly start doing? Any things you think we’re missing? Shoot me an email at Nick@OFallonWeekly.com with your suggestions.