Here in Bluffton, in all the years I have been a resident and an elected official, I’ve always stressed the importance of transparency.

It’s important the people who have been elected to represent the public, or those who are employees of a local government, let the public know what is really going on with their tax dollars. This is also important in our police department and what they do each and every day.

I commend the Bluffton Police Department that is now making the public aware about what situations patrol officers respond to.

Earlier this month, the department began posting on their website the Public Information Log. It’s a list and short summary of BPD incident reports that each officer completes before the end of her or her shift. The log is updated online daily Monday through Friday.

Our council has been getting this information over the past several years, and it is good to see the number of calls for service they get every day, as well as an idea as to what they are responding to when called.

This has been a work in progress for the past year. It resulted from the department wanting the public to know the types of crimes happening in Bluffton and what the officers face every single day.

When you click on the Public Information Log, you will notice some information is blacked out from the report. The redacted information is data that legally can’t be released for various reasons, from protecting victim’s rights to private or personal information that, if released, would invade a person’s privacy.

Every person living, working, or visiting Bluffton has a right to know what is happening in our community. I hope you take the time to look at the log. Not only will it give you a sense of what is happening here, but also what positive work our men and women in blue do every day. 

To find this log, visit townofbluffton.sc.gov/691/Public-Information-Log.

If you decided to take a look at our town site first (townofbluffton.sc.gov), then type in the search tool for Bluffton Police Department, or find it under “Government,” then “Departments,” and it will take you to their page. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the link to the log.

If you have questions about this or anything else with the town, feel free to contact me, a council member, or our town manager and we will get you the information you need.

Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. lsulka@townofbluffton.com