For the first time, the Burbank Police Department has started putting its arrest reports online.
The above sentence should have been written years ago. Alas, it has been slow going in Burbank, where the terms “ease” and “availability” have long been missing from the City Hall vocabulary regarding public records.
But this week, Burbank police took the step many other cities did long ago: make arrest and booking activity available and easily viewable on the Internet. Belated as it is, city officials should be lauded for the move.