Savannah newspaper, police resolve records dispute

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Savannah-Chatham County police
department is changing the way it notifies the public about crime
reports to settle a legal dispute with the Savannah Morning News.

The department will begin providing a daily list of all crimes
reported to police on its Web site. Members of the public or news
media who want copies of full reports can request them at police
headquarters.

The Savannah newspaper asked Georgia's attorney general for help
last month after the police department stopped compiling hard
copies of incident reports on a clipboard that police reporters
would examine daily.

Police Chief Michael Berkow says the change was necessary
because his department is converting to electronic reports filed on
computers.


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