LAPD start blogging

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The L.A. Police Department have started their own weblog:

Welcome to the LAPD Blog.  Our online journal is an interactive tool that we use to deliver real-time, unfiltered information.  We invite you to take a look inside the Department to learn more about the men and women in blue who have sworn to protect and to serve you. By using this Blog, the LAPD hopes to maintain an open dialogue with the communites we serve and those who have an interest in the men and women of this organization.  We encourage you to express your opinions about current events through respectful and insightful discussion.  We reserve the right to refuse to post those comments that contain inappropriate language and/or material.  In the near future, we intend to expand our Blogging capabilities to all 19 Area Stations.

It still sounds a bit stiff (the first ‘hello world’ posting is titled “Chief William J. Bratton’s Welcome Message”) and, well, official. Also, it seemsto be mostly a means of giving police statements on newspaper articles as well as notices of events to come. But given this is a police department of all things, this might turn out interesting. Also, it’s interesting to see that they have their weblog posted on typepad.com.

[Link, via netzpolitik.org]

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