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blotter

1. One who is prone to drink large quantities of alcohol. Of course Grant doesn't remember what happened at the bar last night—he's a total blotter.
2. The log of arrests made by police. Also known as a "police blotter." Mom will freak out if you do anything to land in the police blotter!
3. The drug LSD (as it can be sold on pieces of blotting paper). I need to get some blotter before the concert.

police blotter

The written record of events, especially arrests, that occur on a daily basis in a police station or precinct. The local newspaper has been printing the police blotter provided by the station every day for the past 70 years, regardless of what kind of crime has been happening in the town or not.
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blotter

1. n. a drunkard. (see also sponge.) The guy’s a blotter. He’ll drink anything and lots of it.
2. n. the drug LSD, sold on bits of blotting paper. (Drugs.) Blotter can bring one to five dollars a pop.
3. n. a police station log of arrests; a police blotter. The blotter is full of the names of petty criminals and drunks.

police blotter

A precinct's daily written record of arrests. In the days before ballpoint pens, much less computers, police station house records were kept with ink pens, the writing from which had to be blotted to keep the ink from smearing. Sheets of paper might come and go, but the blotter's indelible imprint remained as a metaphorical reminder of the name of the person who was arrested. That's why many old gangster movies has lines about the cops checking a bad guy's record on the police blotter.
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With its crime coverage, RedEye is part of a larger phenomenon: the revival of the police blotter by youth-oriented and alternative papers.
For its hugely popular "Best of Blotter" annual issue, City Paper groups its items under labels such as "Crimes With Urine" or "Spoken Word Art," for particularly graphic telephone harassment reports.
Molecular genetic diagnosis of sickle cell disease using dried blood specimens on blotters used for newborn screening.
Utility of PCR for DNA analysis from dried blood spots on filter paper blotters. PCR Methods Appl 1991;1:99-106.
The shift from the old system of crime reporting known as Police Regional Office Period Report to the Unit Crime Periodic Report (Ucper) in 2009 also meant that total crime volume would be sourced not only from the police blotter but also from the barangay blotter and crime reports from other law enforcement agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Survey-based crime rates, even if they overstate the blotter rates, can still establish the long-run trends.
Saez alleged that at the Taguig police station, two sets of blotters were kept supposedly on Apolinario's orders.
He added: "Only small cases were listed in the official blotter On orders of our chief of police, we would produce an additional blotter so that we could record there the many cases of crime [including those involving drug-related cases] "Two blotters were being made at the station so that we could cover up the many crimes occurring in Taguig, and we could show that it was orderly and peaceful in Taguig."
"We also conducted an audit of the police blotters to check if our personnel were complying.
When Purisima was designated chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in 2010, he ordered all police units in Metro Manila to report all kinds of crime on the police blotter.
Police blotters are the main primary source for this kind of research but having gone through one or two, I have come to the conclusion that police blotters are harder to decipher than doctors' prescriptions.
It is easier for me to read 16th-century Spanish manuscripts on the Philippines than a 21st-century police blotter or security guard logbook.