From the Editor

Ask the Editor: Check out our new crime site

What crimes are being reported near your home?

What are the crime trends in your city — for burglaries, sex offenses and narcotics, for example? What unusual incidents have been reported to your local police department?

We know most readers are keenly interested in such information; they’ve ranked crime and public safety at the top of their coverage “wish list’’ for years. And the crime maps we’ve featured on our website in recent months have been popular.

So today we are launching a major expansion of crime news online — a venue that offers us nearly unlimited space and search functionality. Just go to and click on the crime tab at the top of the page.

Not only will you be able to find out about crimes in your neighborhood, you’ll have access to more detailed local crime trends and charts, a blog that notes unusual calls received by local police departments, a photo gallery of individuals who’ve been arrested (most on suspicion of committing felonies) and deeper coverage of several crime topics. Here’s a closer look:

“Each entry is from an actual call to a law-enforcement agency,’’ Janocko says, “even the man in a monkey suit.”

As you might expect, this wealth of local crime information has taken months to plan and assemble online. Those who deserve the credit are Janocko, an Arroyo Grande High School and Cal Poly graduate and former senior copy editor (hired fulltime in 2000) who has been our online editor since August; Doust, an Atascadero High School and Cal Poly grad who joined our staff as a reporter in 2002 and moved to our online news three years ago; and Web developer Danny Thorogood, who joined The Tribune seven years ago.

As always, we’d like to know your reaction and suggestions. Please click on the “feedback’’ tab on the left side of the crime section. Or e-mail me at the address below.

Do you have a question about the newspaper, our website or our coverage? If so, please write me c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93406-0112, or e-mail me at

Sandra Duerr is the executive editor of The Tribune.

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