Saturday January 12, 2013

After reading the Jan. 7 letter to the editor entitled "CTSB comment is up to the producers," I thought I would share our experience with the "content" of a police report.

In January of 2010, a local attorney called our home and told my husband that he was on an accident report as a witness. My husband mentioned no accident to me so I asked when it occurred.

I told the attorney that at that time my husband was home from work. I had taken the car and bought groceries for the week. I got my sales slip and told the attorney the date and checkout time to prove what I was telling him. The attorney kept saying, "Oh, you’re good, you’re good." I could see I was getting nowhere with him.

An insurance man called next and I got the police officer’s name from him and called my attorney. He left word for the officer who called back and said, "Can’t we talk later?"

I told him all I wanted was a description of the witness. I got a real short answer: "Thirty-year-old with a wife and kids." I gave a short reply: "My husband is 67 years old."

I tried to talk with the local attorney who called about the accident but his mailbox was full. In spite of phone problems, I think I got my message through to a woman in his office.

So what I am saying is "content" is up to the producers of either a program or a report. Television and police reports are considered to be accurate, but this incident proves that they can be inaccurate sources of information.


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JUDITH H. LANGENBACK

Pittsfield