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The Water Cooler – Should Police Departments Release Names Of Suspects And Location Of Incidents?

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Police Departments in the area have stopped posting the names of suspects in probably about 90% of their press releases, and sometimes they don’t even post the location of the incident that occurred.

QUESTION: Do you believe that information is vital and should be released by the police?

Talk about it….


Sam Malone June 22, 2022 - 12:03 PM

Yes. Do not do the crime in the first place then this is all mute.

Randy June 22, 2022 - 12:04 PM

…yes.. we’ve been saying that for a while

Savagette June 22, 2022 - 12:07 PM

Yes, of course they should be. CCC Sherriff’s dept. does post monthly arrest/release and incident reports.

WC June 22, 2022 - 12:08 PM

More PC garbage. They should release everything they have. How are you supposed to find a criminal with a description of “a man wearing jeans”?

Hanne Jeppesen June 22, 2022 - 2:37 PM

Operative word is “suspected criminal”. Has nothing to do with PC.

jprcards June 22, 2022 - 3:31 PM

@Hanne Jeppesen

I don’t want to speak for WC but I think that perhaps he is more referring to the practice of merely saying that law enforcement is looking for “three men” as was the case just recently when the Macy’s in Broadway Plaza suffered a “smash and grab” robbery.

To find out that the smash and grab was perpetuated by “three black men” required some searching….That is likely why WC talked about “PC garbage”, don’t you think?

jprcards June 22, 2022 - 8:09 PM


I hate when I mistype.

ChuckStir June 22, 2022 - 12:13 PM

They should post the location as there be a witness who saw something they did realize could help the police, as far as names, no. A person is considerred innocent untill proven guilty.

Snakekeeper June 22, 2022 - 12:29 PM


Tod June 22, 2022 - 12:16 PM


Bill June 22, 2022 - 12:23 PM

Yes info should be released and scanner links open to the public. Some days you hear lots of sirens and have no clue of what’s going on.

Bob June 22, 2022 - 2:14 PM

Broadcastify.com can help you out.

Aunt Barbara June 22, 2022 - 4:21 PM

Only for felons..

If I did not read Claycord, I would not know about a lot of crimes that are swept under the City Counci’s dirty rug in Walnut Creek.

Thanks Mr. Mayor for your hard work keeping us informed and safer..

miguel June 22, 2022 - 12:35 PM

If they are truly interested in solving a crime, especially if they are asking for help from the community, it would help if they provide as much information as they can.

Paul June 22, 2022 - 12:37 PM

No. Don’t volunteer the information.
Policing is a hard job. It is getting harder with the politicians create roadblocks by enacting ridiculous policies to please Snowflakes; for example Chicago just say ,except for a few situation,police can’t give foot chase anymore. So be careful when doing your job officers! cuz violate any policies and you will be fired/jail and the city will pay in civil lawsuits. Or better yet by making a wrong move, officers could be vilified and perps will be beautified into a saint. Cough George Floyd cough

Snorkers June 22, 2022 - 1:00 PM

Names … depends, people can be vilified for an accusation long after it was disproven, innocent until proven guilty, remember?
Locations … absolutely, yes … and reports that don’t lead to arrests too, so we know where the hotspots are. I’ve already called CPD a number of times about incidents (knives, fights) at Willow Pass Park, urging them to increase their presence. I’m worried that the next big crime will be there.

Exit 12A June 22, 2022 - 1:15 PM

The locations of all crimes is needed in compiling crime data so the public can make informed decisions on public safety.
The names of those formally arrested and booked into jail should be made public.
However, I would not support releasing the names of those detained and placed in “holds” because they have not formally been arrested.

Badge1104 June 22, 2022 - 1:15 PM

The reason they’re not doing that now because it would give indications of what people group or doing most the crime.

Danged ineffectual June 22, 2022 - 2:40 PM

Suspects would be the operative word. Innocent till proven guilty.

Ricardoh June 22, 2022 - 1:20 PM

More importantly is don’t release the perp. When a crime occurs we want the details. Unfortunately the first detail they release is that the scum was released.

Steve June 22, 2022 - 1:20 PM

Yes, we have to keep track of you,,what a bother.
And make the victim whole (we’ll figure out how much you owe him) and be punished. You never grew up. How would like it if you were victim?

Graceful June 22, 2022 - 1:27 PM

What is the slippery slope or the line in this? Release DUI names? Some folks have had multiple DUI’s….how about the multiple armed robbery guys who are on catch and release programs by the DA? Here is a clue as to how money is made for cities…the Police gain more money from pulling over someone who appears to be respectable in a car to issue a ticket, specially if they have insurance and registration…if someone is pulled over with an expired license, registration and no insurance, they are just given a fix it ticket..they know who has the money and wont waste time on someone who has none. Do you see them issuing citations on the homeless encampments? No..because they cannot get blood out of turnips, but if you are parked illegally on the street? Pay Up…

Sancho Panza June 22, 2022 - 4:21 PM

I enjoyed reading your commentary, Graceful, and agree with every word!

Jeff June 23, 2022 - 7:43 AM


Not true at all. I gave plenty of celebrities and notables citations, my favorite thing to do when I worked Malibu and West Hollywood.


SamE June 22, 2022 - 1:27 PM

Definitely. Any infraction at all. Stopped for speeding and left off with a warning? Get your name posted on the internet.

FPN June 22, 2022 - 1:40 PM

Yes of course.

Fred June 22, 2022 - 1:42 PM

Innocent until proven guilty.

bdml June 23, 2022 - 7:41 AM

Do the crime do the time, broadcast their picture and info for all to see. That happens all day to people online just for having a different opinion.

Just saying June 22, 2022 - 1:46 PM

Years ago the local newspapers had the location of incident and names and ages of people involved and arrests.

Pony June 22, 2022 - 1:55 PM

Yes on both.

Concordejet June 22, 2022 - 2:10 PM

Yes, that is called America’s Most Wanted host John Walse. I miss that AMW show!!! That was a stunning show tracking down criminals!!!!
Remember you can run but you cannot hide

anon June 22, 2022 - 2:44 PM

In Shasta county, they show pictures of suspects that are arrested on the evening news including drunk drivers.

Chris June 22, 2022 - 2:45 PM

Yes, but must be sure to inform the media they are “suspects” pending Becton’s release of all of them back to the streets.

The Fearless Spectator June 22, 2022 - 3:36 PM

Yes. Just like the Supreme Court Justices addresses, names of children and routes to work and school are blasted out repeatedly over social media.

Cautiously Informed June 22, 2022 - 5:37 PM

They should, but… That would infringe on the Democrat politicians(and criminal loving DA Belton’s) given right for criminals to rob, steal, loot, run wild, and wreak havoc in our once safe communities.

Gititogether June 22, 2022 - 7:29 PM

Petty criminal charge with no previous record, no witnesses, no threat to live and limb = no
Lifelong crumb with previous conviction after conviction, equalling a proven threat to society = hell yes

Concerned Citizen June 22, 2022 - 8:01 PM

Haven’t you guys heard?

Crime rates go down when you don’t report them to the public.

It’s all part of the censorship agenda.

Cellophane June 23, 2022 - 6:47 AM

I have to respond that the names of the suspects shouldn’t be released because everyone is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

I believe that a location of an occurrence that might identify a specific person should also be withheld.

Cowellian June 23, 2022 - 12:50 PM

I agree that the presumption of innocence is essential to our judicial system, but so is public transparency. We don’t need people disappearing and being interrogated, tried, convicted, and punished all without anyone else knowing.

Sam Malone June 23, 2022 - 7:29 AM

Yes they should release the information and not mask their race. It is what it is and that is the main problem we are facing these days. The media cleanses what they want us to know. Baloney.
If you are willing to take and damage what is not yours then you deserve to have your face and name and race released and what you did that was illegal. Enough said.

bdml June 23, 2022 - 7:36 AM

YES why are we protecting criminals? The public has every right to know for public safety concerns especially now that we are letting criminals walk for committing crimes

Jeff June 23, 2022 - 7:45 AM

i’m in favor of public gallows. It really sends the message to the criminal element.


chuckie the troll June 23, 2022 - 9:42 AM

Since criminal prosecution is such a rare thing under the leadership of Soros, er I mean Becton, I consider this to be one of those “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, did it make a sound?” things.

You can file almost every problem in California in the “Consequences of long-term single-party rule” handbook.

American Citizen June 23, 2022 - 10:24 AM

Post names, ethnicity, age and photos.

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