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Ask A Cop: Police log

Editor’s note: Every week a Lake Oswego police officer answers your questions in this space. Send your questions to reporter Cliff Newell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-636-1281, ext 105.

“Is the police log printed in the Review real?”

A: Yes and no. The Review receives a copy of our daily log which has personal information redacted. It looks similar to the item in the accompanying box below.Treat

From this information, the Review then “fills in the gaps” if you will and creates something more colorful to read than the basic information printed in our daily log. So, while the incidents are real, the story surrounding the event is filled in by writers at the Review for your reading pleasure.

— Lt. Doug TreatThis is what a police log item with redacted information looks like.

(Editor’s note: While it’s true that police reporter Cliff Newell will look for not-so-serious examples of life in Lake Oswego as reported to the police to include in the Review’s police log, he is not making material up. He merely is giving a light touch to a few items each week in the log’s miscellaneous category.)

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