Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Manatee sheriff makes arrest, incident reports available online

MANATEE - The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is now placing daily arrest and incident reports online giving residents more access to information on crime in their neighborhoods.

Each day the sheriff's office will be placing the reports on the agency's website, including incident reports which outline when and where something happened, the type of  incident, such as a robbery or burglary, and a short narrative on what happened.

Arrest reports will also be online which show a cover sheet with the name, date of birth, address and some personal information of the person arrested, followed by a second sheet known as a probable cause affidavit, or PCA, outlining when a crime occurred, where it happened, and a narrative on what occurred written by the arresting officer.

A PCA is turned into Manatee County jail booking upon all arrests, so arrest reports from the sheriff's office and all city police departments will be available for viewing.

The public can access the reports by going to, clicking on the public interest tab at the top of the page, then clicking on the public records link on the left side of the page. The reports will be online for seven days.

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