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State Police will publish online press releases

A new Pennsylvania State Police policy will make press releases available online to the public.

The PSP communications office announced Monday that Public Information Release Reports (PIRR) will be posted to the ‘for media’ page of www.psp.pa.gov.

Traditionally, those reports have been faxed to news organizations, including the Times Observer.

“Our goal is to be as transparent as possible within the communities we serve,” Col. Robert Evanchick said. “We recognize that the way people consume information has evolved, and reporters are not always working from a newsroom or near a fax machine. This policy change helps to ensure the public has the most up-to-date information possible.”

The releases are generated for criminal incidents, reportable vehicle crashes, and other significant incidents, according to the release. “The releases are made available as soon as feasible and will remain on the public website for 45 days.”

PIRRs will be organized by troop and station. Warren- and Corry-based state police are in Troop E.

Newer releases will appear at the top of the page. PSP does not release booking photos.

“The Pennsylvania State Police shares news and information on its social media channels, @PAStatePolice on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Nextdoor,” according to the release.

“Embracing a mix of communication channels not only helps police agencies engage with the public, but also provides a way to share potentially life-saving information during emergencies,” Evanchick said.

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