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This e-mail came from Commissioner Brown. At least she has her priorities straight and is always forthcoming with township residents. Would that ALL followed her excellent lead...if you live in Lower Merion, does your commissioner keep you apprised of things like this?

Friends,

I wanted to alert you to an incident in Gladwyne/Penn Valley on Friday. At about 3 p.m., a resident returned home and observed an unfamiliar car parked in her driveway and her front glass door was shattered. She called 911 from her car and while she was doing that, a man came out of her house, jumped in the car and tried to leave, but got his car stuck when he tried to get around her. He then fled on foot as did a second man. LMPD, with the help of one of the police dogs and State Police who were in the area for a funeral, caught both men who have been charged with numerous offenses.

Certainly, this incident is of concern, especially so soon after the incident on Tuesday morning. But it is good to know that our excellent police force is right on top of these situations. You might recall that the Police Superintendent attended a recent Civic Association meeting and gave safety tips which we should all keep in mind. LMPD asks that you not hesitate to call them if you see anything out of the ordinary or of concern. The emergency number is 9-1-1 and the non-emergency number is 610-649-1000.

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Thanks to Jenny for notifying citizens of this as the police reports in our local papers all to often seem lacking in any serious crimes, but you later find out they were committed by talking to members of the community.

And, I don't blame the papers as Main Line News Media states they only print what the police give them. Meanwhile, if citizens are not aware of a dangerous crime pattern in their neighborhood, they may not take extra precautions and become victims because crimes are not properly reported to our newspapers. Why? To make it look like we live in a perfect community with perfect police departments.

I have addressed my concerns about this to all Lower Merion commissioners in the past and have been ignored (my commissioner is Phil Rosenzweig).

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The more I hear about Jenny Brown the more I like her. SAC has been invaluable for keeping tabs on the activities and connections of the commissioners. I wonder if anyone of you on SAC has thought about developing a rating system for commissioners on their transparency, forthrightness with the public, accessibility, etc.? It could involve a questionnaire or an analysis of voting records. Sort of like the flier I just got from PennEnvironment, rating state reps and senators. Perhaps easier said than done.

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How can we get the "police blotter" which I understand to be a list of all incidents. It is in electronic format/ The Police Blotter is available under Pa. Right to Know law

http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/open_records/4434 2009 0076 Gilliland-PSP.pdf

In its letter, the PSP Pennsylvania State Police “concede[s]: ‘police blotters’ and equivalent law enforcement records are public records. 65 P.S. § 67.708(b)(16) & 18 Pa.C.S. § 9104(b). A ‘police blotter’ is defined in the Criminal History Records Information Act (CHRIA), 18 Pa.C.S. §§ 9101-9183, as a ‘chronological listing of arrests, usually documented

Prior to his request, Gilliland received a Public Information Release Report from the PSP with the names of the victims and individuals charged redacted.

contemporaneous with the incident, which may include, but is not limited to, the name and address of the individual charged and the alleged offenses.’ 18 Pa C.S. § 9102. (Citation omitted). Yet, the PSP neither maintains a police blotter nor any other record that equates with a contemporaneously-entered chronological listings of arrests.”

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Bob, could you try to use some HTML code and not use raw links? Check
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I looked at this formatting. How do I do this?

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Best way is to teach yourself.

Google "basic html" and spend some time on a tutorial.

In the computer/internet age, it is good knowledge to have and takes away the mystery of how some things work online.

Note that on this site for posts you don't need a title or headings as it is already pre-formatted, but the link Doug gave above for formatting specific to posts on this site will make sense when you learn some basic HTML.

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More folks need to get on Twitter. Twitter is awesome for getting things like this out quickly.

I'd love to see the Lower Merion Police Department on Twitter, for example. (Anyone got any contacts there I can talk to?)

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Just drop an email to Chief Mike McGrath.

It's assuming he uses his first initial and last name, like all other township employees and the previous police chief.

I will say that I think there has been an improvement in the short tenure of McGrath, but there is still a long ways to go.

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