The Denton Police Department is undergoing internal changes to its police reporting systems that have temporarily disrupted the daily access news reporters (and members of the public) have to police reports. So this Blotter is a little different.
As the department announced Tuesday on Facebook, the department is changing how its officers file police reports, how those reports are managed and how they are accessed. The changes also prohibit people from making online police reports, though people can still reach dispatchers via 911 without any worries. The department expects this to last “at least one month.”
Police spokeswoman Allison Vetere said on Wednesday these changes have long been in the making and are aimed at improving how the police manage their reports. The department will come out of it in the end with an entirely new way of filing, managing and releasing reports.
In the meantime, the Denton Record-Chronicle is working with the department to arrive back at our normal routine with the police: access reports, ask questions about the reports and post the daily Blotter.
Vetere met with the paper Wednesday in her office, the way she and spokeswoman Khristen Jones do regularly, but without a reporter first having looked at condensed, media versions of reports. Vetere read through the reports of the day and shared the basic information from each, answering questions as usual.
In one report, bartenders at a restaurant in the 2800 block of South Interstate 35E cut a man off from drinking Tuesday night and the man became “irate,” requiring staff to call the police. Officers arrested the man after determining he was drunk, Vetere said. She said the man resisted handcuffs, knocking an officer’s body camera off during a “short struggle.” The man was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest, records show.
Of the five arrests from Tuesday noted by Denton police, none were for violent offenses, police said.
Vetere said there should be a more permanent solution Thursday to restoring greater access to these reports while the changes continue.
From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:
- The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 915 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.
- Denton police handled 150 calls and made five arrests.
- Denton firefighters responded to 26 medical calls and three vehicle crashes.