While a majority of the City Council appeared to favor the continuation of the incident spotlights, City Manager Sam Anselm made it clear that when and if it makes a comeback, it won't have the flavor that was added to it by Capt. Trevor Duncan.
"My concern overall with the incident spotlights, yes, they provided valuable information to residents, but it's not our organization's role or responsibility to entertain our residents at the expense of some individuals who are going through some pretty rough times," Anselm said at Tuesday night's council meeting.
While Anselm would have a point if Duncan were naming the people who were involved in these incidents, he has not done so, except in cases in which the charges were of a more serious nature and would have been included in traditional Police Department news releases.
What Duncan has done with his incident spotlights, and what has been done with similar releases in police departments across the United States is to turn police officers into relatable human beings, explaining both the serious, humorous, and in many cases so bizarre and pathetic things that happen to police officers in the course of performing their duties.
Hopefully, when the new guidelines are handed down, the incident spotlights or whatever comes of this will not have the dry sameness that so many government news releases have.
If that is the case, then they will no longer serve their purpose.
That would be sad and another example of city leaders not knowing a good thing when they read it.