LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The Lewiston, Idaho, Police Department is barring its officers from speaking to reporters who call on weekends.

Police Chief Chris Ankeny tells the Lewiston Tribune (http://bit.ly/296b5ti ) that the change is needed because there is not enough staff to answer press inquiries between Friday and Sunday. Under the policy that went into effect Monday, reporters must arrive at the crime scene to get a “sound bite” or brief synopsis from an officer. Dispatchers will also be banned from providing reporters with information.

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