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Peterborough Police No Longer Releasing Names Of Accused To Reduce “Public Shaming And Stigma”

KAWARTHA LAKES-Peterborough Police Service has made a policy change with regard to media releases and naming of an accused.

Police say as of Friday, January 14, 2022, the Service will no longer be naming the accused.  Names of an accused will be released if it is considered essential to the investigation or a matter of public safety.

“During a review of the media relations policy, the issue was identified and as result of discussions the Peterborough Police Service feels the court process is the more appropriate process through which names should and can be released,” says Chief Scott Gilbert. “In making this change, the Service is continuing to focus on public safety, crime prevention and community policing rather than public shaming or increasing stigma.”

Police say the full Media Relations Policy is currently under review and will be released when available.


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