One of the most frequent questions I am asked when I'm out and about has to do with the presence of emergency vehicles on the street. The questions come in the form of texts, emails, phone calls — and sometimes over
"Hey Eve, why are there police cars on the corner of Versailles and Santa Clara?"
"Do you know what happened at Lincoln School last Tuesday afternoon?"
"What happened on Grand near Buena Vista on Thursday?"
Now anyone can download the daily police logs from the City of Alameda website and find out a little bit about what was happening in their neighborhood.
"We want to get the information out to the community as quickly and easily as possible," explained Alameda Police Lt. Robert Frankland, who heads up the department's records division. "It's the same information that anyone can get if they came to the front counter at the Police Department and asked to see the activity log. This is just a different way of getting it out there."
The activity log, says Lt. Frankland, includes police activity for which a police report is generated — those incidents, he says, account for about 10 percent of the calls police officers go out on. If an officer writes a citation, simply interviews someone or responds to a false alarm, no report is generated.
The information posted also does not yet include collision data, but Lt. Frankland says the Police Department is working on it. "We hope to have that included soon," he said.
The weekday logs will be posted daily and the weekend logs (including Fridays) will be posted on Mondays.
Here's a direct link. And you still can walk in to the records department and view the logs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
If anyone has difficulty downloading the activity logs contact Yvonne Cropp in the records department at 337-8420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.