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Police Implement Policy To Keep Report Details Confidential

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May 16, 2013

Edgerton, WI, police have implemented a policy to release only the last name of anyone identified in a police report, reports The Janesville Gazette. The policy is in response to Senne v. The Village of Palatine, Ill, a case surrounding the printing of a person’s full name on a parking ticket that was left on the person’s windshield overnight. Last year, an appeals court ruled the village violated the citizen’s right to privacy, and while that decision is now under appeal again, Edgerton Police Chief Tom Klubertanz says the city’s attorney recommended the policy change. “If it’s personal identity information, we have been told we can’t release it when people come in to look at” police reports, said Klubertanz.
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