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    Q571: What is a police log?

    Every operational incident reported to the police is 'logged' on a computer as a unique record of that event.

    Details of the incident, the victim/caller and relevant address are entered in the first instance along with the time and date. A unique number is created which is often given to people so that, if they ring up, the call handler can quickly find the log.

    As the incident progresses fresh entries are made at each stage - officer attending, people taken to hospital, descriptions of persons wanted etc. along with the time and date.

    The log is usually closed when the police presence at the scene has ended and the matter has been concluded or carried forward as a crime/road accident report (or one or several other type of reports depending on the incident).

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