LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - More and more police departments are using the Internet to help bolster their resources by letting folks report crime online. Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens tells us there are a lot of benefits to getting an online reporting system, and it's definitely a goal at the department.
Stevens explained that online reporting could keep more officers out on patrol. "Obviously the more that we can take off, in terms of call load from the officers that are on shift, the quicker we can respond to crimes in progress, and it would leave officers on the streets to patrol and try to prevent further crimes," Stevens said.
San Antonio is one of many departments who already utilize online reporting. It's used for crimes such as burglary, theft, and vandalism, where it's not absolutely necessary for an officer to take the report in person. An investigator still reviews online submissions for accuracy, and they'll follow up if there are any questions.
Besides stretching resources, Stevens says the more people report crime, the better they can decide where and how to use their resources. "The closer that gap is between the real crime and the reported crime, the better we're going to be able to deploy those resources and online reporting, I hope, more crime gets reported," Stevens said.
He says more accurate numbers also help with local, state, and federal grant applications, which in turn helps everyone.
Stevens says they are looking for ways to fund a system here. They have applied for a grant, but that's not guaranteed, so they're exploring other options as well.
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