The Statesboro Police Department is starting the new year with a fresh approach to providing — and collecting — information to and from the public.
A new website launched Sunday makes it easier for people to file reports, get information and even pay tickets.
The new site, www.statesboroPD.com, is more user friendly, modern and convenient, said Statesboro Police Deputy Chief Rob Bryan.
The site, made available “with the help of Capstone Technology Solutions, will … offer faster, more convenient services to the residents and visitors of Statesboro,” he said.
It will enable people to file reports for certain types of incidents from any computer or mobile device.
“These reports are reviewed by our personnel,” he said. “Also, incident and accident reports will be available to print from the website to any computer through ‘Accident Report Search’ and ‘Event Search’ options. All incidents are available to be viewed on the ‘Daily Bulletin’ once they have been approved.”
The site is easy to navigate and offers several options that were either unavailable before or were not as easily accessible to the public, Bryan said.
“The new website will also have an integrated crime map,” he said. “This interactive map will enable residents, visitors and future residents to see what types of incidents have occurred throughout the city up to six months ago. The crime map has a customizable filter that can change the date range and incident types that show on the map.”
The new site also offers a way to help in case of burglary and theft with “ReportIt,” a free online tool that helps keep track of personal property.
“ReportIt allows users to record serial numbers and upload images of valuables,” Bryan said. “Should those items ever be stolen, this will help the Statesboro Police Department tremendously in solving the case.”
The “ReportIt” feature is part of LeadsOnline, which is an investigative tool already being utilized by the Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.
If you are going away for a few days, the site also offers a way to keep your home safe while you’re gone.
“Residents also can now request a house watch online, where officers on patrol will check your house while you are on vacation or if you have been the victim of a crime,” he said.
The new website includes a “Community Calendar” section that will have information on upcoming community events, and a “News” section will contain press releases, blogs and the Police Department’s Twitter feed.
“Updated information about the department and recruiting can also be found on the website,” he said.
In addition, contacting police will even be easier now that the website is in operation, Bryan said.
“There are several ways to contact the Statesboro Police Department through the new website,” he said. “The ‘Contact Us’ (option) allows for a message to be sent to the appropriate personnel for a quick response.”
The new site will help improve the department’s service to the public.
“I’m very pleased with it,” said Sgt. Jake Saxon, the Statesboro Police Department’s public information officer.
For those who wish to remain anonymous, tips still can submitted through TipSoft (www.tipsoft.com) for non-emergency situations only. For emergencies, 911 should always be used, Bryan said.
Even those without home computers will be able to use the online services soon, with the pending addition of a kiosk in the front lobby of the Police Department’s building on West Grady Street.
“This kiosk will allow anyone to access and use any of the website’s features free of charge, including printing of reports,” he said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.