Residents deserve to know [UPDATED]Published 10:02am Monday, November 19, 2012 Updated 12:06pm Monday, November 19, 2012
It is unfortunate that the Fergus Falls Police Department had to deal with a situation early Saturday morning where a woman allegedly stole a squad car, struck police officer and led police on a chase through Fergus Falls.
It is unacceptable, however, that members of the local media — and ultimately Fergus Falls residents — were not fully informed of the incident until five days after it happened, when the woman was formally charged.
The fact is, the incident was a newsworthy story, and residents want to know about it.
Fergus Falls Police Department is funded by local taxpayers to protect and serve the public. Part of serving the public is to inform residents in a timely matter of the issues officers are dealing with. And informing the local media is the most efficient way to inform local residents.
Failing to explain a clearly newsworthy situation and leaving media to discover it only through a court document does not qualify as informing residents in a timely matter.