Police Reports Go Online In Fresno
The Fresno Police Department launched an Internet-based crime reporting system at the city’s Web site. Citizens can access the program by visiting www.fresno.gov. The Fremont Police Department assisted Fresno Police in launching the program, which uses the ePolice Report System and costs $10,000 annually to operate.
The program allows residents to file online reports involving harassing phone calls, hit-and-run accidents, theft, vandalism, and damage to property. Additionally, citizens can report lost property and theft of belongings in vehicles.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer notes that the system allows citizens to report crimes at their convenience and adds that the program can be accessed at the department’s headquarters and three district stations.
Dyer believes the system will save officers time, though it may increase the number of incidents reported. The program uses encryption and security measures to hopefully block attempts to hack the system.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Fresno Bee (08/19/04) P. B1; Eberly, Tim .