LAPD blogs!

Police chief Bratton says blog is part of the "relationship" between LAPD and residents.

The LA Police Department has started a blog, which, writes Chief William J. Bratton in an introductory post, is an "unfiltered" information stream from the LAPD. LA police officers are not only bloggers but also "positioned ... at the tipping point for change." Look for the LAPD not just to drive down crime rates but "through compassionate and constitutional community policing practices, we want to enhance the relationship between the Los Angeles residents and police."

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. ... In the near future, we intend to expand our Blogging capabilities to all 19 Area Stations.

A mite touchy-feely for the department that gave us Rodney King?

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