Archived News Release from 2011
For Immediate Release
Redwood City Police Department Enhances Convenience, Efficiency, and Cost Effectiveness with Police Reports Online
Redwood City, CA - April 28, 2011 - The Redwood City Police Department is pleased to announce a new service providing community members with the ability to obtain their traffic accident police reports online, offering enhanced efficiency and cost-effectiveness for the Department and convenience for the community and the insurance industry. Statistically, most people will experience a traffic accident at some point in their lives, and up until now they would need to come to the Police Department in person to obtain the accident report. Now, with this new online service at “www.PoliceReports.US,” you can order, print and purchase those reports from any computer.
"This service allows the community additional options on how they might obtain services from their police department. Law enforcement must adapt as technology adapts to provide benefit to both the community and law enforcement itself,” said Redwood City’s Interim Police Chief Ed Hernandez. "The community will save time and effort by just going online to obtain these reports, and it also preserves Police Department staff resources involved with providing reports in-person.” This new tool makes it convenient and easy to obtain a report any time of day or night; however, community members will still be able to obtain their reports in person if they prefer.
Accident reports filed as of May 1, 2011 (for accidents on or after that date) will be available through this new service, by going to www.redwoodcity.org/police and clicking on the Police Reports Online link. The person requesting a report will need to have their case number (most often this is provided by the police officer at the scene taking the report), the date, and their last name. Once the report is identified, it can be viewed and paid for using a credit or debit card.
Use of this cost-effective technology is another way that the Redwood City Police Department continues to evaluate not only the services it provides, the mechanisms to provide those services in the most cost-effective manner possible. This new service follows the Department’s recent implementation of an online reporting option which offers community members the opportunity to report non-emergency crimes more conveniently. The availability of accident reports online is the first step toward the goal of increasing the availability of other crime reports via the Internet.
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Captain Chris Cesena
Redwood City Police Department