Magazine article The Quill

D.C. SPJ Chapter Counters Police Advisory Card

Magazine article The Quill

D.C. SPJ Chapter Counters Police Advisory Card

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Responding to efforts by the Fairfax County (Va.) Police Department to discourage crime victims from speaking to reporters, the Washington, D.C., SPJ pro chapter has developed an informational card for reporters to use to reassure crime victims and their families about the news gathering process.

"News coverage of crimes benefits from having the perspective of victims and witnesses," said Don Dudley, chapter president. "The Fairfax police card could lead those hit by crime to think there is something wrong with talking to a reporter. There emphatically is not. Crime reporting helps all citizens monitor the effectiveness of police in solving crime and gives readers, viewers and listeners insight into how to protect themselves from becoming crime victims in the future."

The police card asks those approached by reporters to call the investigating officer or police public information officer before talking to police to be "given advice important to protecting yourself and the investigation. …

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