New mug shot feature begins

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Starting with today's edition (Dec. 14-16, 2012), The Gazette is working with the Galax Police Department to publish photos of those charged with shoplifting, drug violations and some other crimes as part of a regular feature.
Police Chief Rick Clark says this is part of the department's new crime reporting and information sharing system. He believes publishing photos of those charged for such offenses, particularly shoplifting, could serve as a deterrent for others who don't want to see their faces in the newspaper.
The photos will be of people who have been charged, but keep in mind that they have not been convicted and should be considered innocent until their case is resolved by the court.

See Page 3A of The Gazette's print or online editions today (12/14/12) for the first installment of this new regular feature.