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Police agencies shift policies on handling mugshots

CAPITAL REGION — For about the last five years or so it had been the policy of the Gloversville Police Department to release a digital mugshot — a photo of the accused — with nearly every arrest the department made.

Gloversville Police Chief Marc Porter said releasing digital mugshots in the form of emails to media outlets had become an almost automatic part of the booking process for arrests, partly because technology upgrades at the department had made it easy to do. 

“It was convenient to just put that out there and save the step from the media calling us and we wanted to be consistent and not pick and choose which mugshots we were sending out, so we just made it an internal practice that any finger printable offense we would send the mugshot along with the press release,” Porter said. (Read more here…)