Archived News Release from 2011
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Police Department Adds New Online Tool for Community to View Crime Statistics
Redwood City, CA - April 27, 2011 - As part of its ongoing efforts to improve efficiency and service to the community, the Redwood City Police Department now offers a new online tool to share information about crime activity. The new tool, called CrimeReports.com, provides a crime mapping application accessible via the police department’s website at www.redwoodcity.org/police or on www.CrimeReports.com.
“Providing the community the ability to directly access crime information through on-line data mapping allows the police department to share crime data in almost real-time. Having up-to-date information on crime activity available to the public can help prevent crime in our neighborhoods,” said Ed Hernandez, Redwood City’s Interim Police Chief.
The community can access the crime map 24 hours a day through either website or through the CrimeReports iPhone application, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. And, this new service even lets community members sign up for free customizable email alerts, and submit crime tips. This kind of service is offered by over a thousand other law enforcement agencies of all sizes across the country, including San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles County, Portland, Baltimore, Boston, Washington D.C., and others.
By sharing timely neighborhood crime data with the community, this new Redwood City Police Department online tool will give people the ability to review and understand crime trends in their area or neighborhood, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their neighborhood and community.
This is another element of the Redwood City Police Department’s efforts to utilize technology in streamlining its administrative processes, and providing services in the most effective and cost-efficient way possible, and follows the recent implementation of a system for convenient online reporting of non-emergency crimes.
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Captain Chris Cesena
Redwood City Police Department