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Crime-buster Bratton Blogs The LAPD From La-La Land

Even though I live behind the Orange Curtain, I travel up to LA for court and occasional weekend entertainment.  Now, however, thanks to Chief Bratton, I can enjoy LA from my chair in the blogosphere.  That's right, the LAPD has a week-old blog, which sports a really creative name:  "The Official Blog of the Los Angeles Police Department," especially when you compare it to the name of the LAPD's website:  "The Official Website of the Los Angeles Police Department."

Beyond lightening up a bit on the name, the blog has this ring of reality blogging - part press release, part cheerleader, part crimesolver and part informational.  Chief Bratton (I wonder if he really writes it or whether it's the product of the LAPD's press department) is not too bad of a writer.  The post in the last link has drawn 72 comments at the time of this post, but the blog itself needs some technical help.  Permalinks and a few other tidbits aren't quite operating properly, and hyperlinks are about as scarce as a policeman during an internal affairs investigation or a doughnut break.

All of that aside, it's good to see the LAPD enter the fray of blogging.  I'm not sure they're ready for it yet (the comments are moderated), but it's a fresh start for a notoriously tight-lipped bureaucratic agency.  The verdict is still out, however.  Chief Bratton's first attempts at blogging are a long way from the appeal of Lee Iaccoca.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 00:15 Comments Closed (1) |
 
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