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TPD Chief Lawrence Revell supports change to teen mugshot policy

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 18:16:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee police chief Lawrence Revell is sharing his thoughts on releasing teen mugshots.

It's a topic that has started quite a debate in the city.

Right now, TPD posts mugshots of people under the age of 18 who charged with a felony on its Facebook page. It's a policy that both the police department and the Leon County Sheriff's Office use.

People in the community are now calling for that to change, with some saying it's unfair because it follows teenagers for the rest of their lives.

Friday, Chief Revell addressed those concerns.

"That information is available to those that are curious and want to know, for whatever reason they want to know they can go find that information. I just don't think that we as a police department ought to be the one's providing it," Revell explained. "So, when I say we will look at policy, I realize that I make that policy."

Revell also says he wants to review promotions within the department, and why so many leadership positions are open.