JPD will post arrest records
Janesville Police Department arrests can be viewed at www.ci.janesville.wi.us. Click on "City Government" and then click on "Police."
JANESVILLE People can see who was arrested in Janesville on the Janesville Police Department's Web site.
Adult arrests including the person's name, home address, the arrest date and reason for the arrest will be updated every two weeks, Dave Moore, acting police chief, said.
Information such as mental or alcohol commitments will not be available, he said.
The police department decided to publish its arrests after discussions with residents in the Fourth Ward and Look West neighborhoods, Moore said.
Arrests are public record and always have been available upon request, he said. The Web site will make the information more accessible.
"I'm sure some in the community will think we're disclosing too much, but we really try to keep this organization as transparent as we can," Moore said. "I think the benefits outweigh the negative side to this."
The police department is committed to neighborhood safety and believes informing residents of arrests will help, he said.
"If it helps keep those neighborhoods safe, that's invaluable," Moore said.
Reasons to publish arrests include:
-- Residents can learn who has been arrested in their neighborhood.
-- People can follow arrests through Wisconsin's online court records.
-- If residents see an arrest, they can look online and learn about it.
-- People can check whether a landlord is moving problem tenants from one property to another.