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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 21, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's chief of Police says he's using newscasts as templates for what information his officers should include in incident reports.

Chief James Younger told commissioners Tuesday morning that he believes his department is giving the public vital information, without compromising investigations. He says he implemented a policy in June not to give out investigative narratives to the media.

Younger said, "The initial incident report should contain the who, what, when, where and how. In other words, the typical information you would see on a newscast, that's what it would cover."

City Manager Al Lott says he was not informed of the policy change, but today he told commissioners he would review the change and see if APD is releasing enough information. He also said APD should have held a meeting with local media representatives to advise them of the changes before they were implemented.

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