Best Community Paper - 2013
The Police News
The Police News's subject matter may be relatively limited, but it's the best place around to keep track of the activities of both criminals and law-enforcement officials in the Houston area, particularly the south-southeast quadrant. Founded in 2004, the Galveston-based TPN publishes its print edition monthly, but the jail-bookings ticker on the Web site is updated practically 24-7, down to the last warrant or public intoxication. It's there for a very real purpose: "Our newspaper boasts countless success stories of readers helping authorities locate dangerous fugitives," says the TPN site, which is full of links to Amber Alerts, the FBI's ten most wanted and sex-offender registries. Just about anything else you could hope for related to law enforcement is here somewhere, from interviews with officials and links to auctions near and far and actual police video, such as the December 2011 multi-agency raid on a Santa Fe cockfighting operation that made headlines across the area. Though TPN reports most of its information in a suitably just-the-facts manner, its eye for human folly will slip through in the occasional wry headline like "Ho Hum, Off to Jail Again."