Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Launches On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service with CrimeReports.com
Citizens empowered with near real-time neighborhood crime information available 24/7/365.
Douglas County, Castle Rock CO. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and CrimeReports.com have announced a new On-line Crime Alerting and Mapping Service that provides easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts to the citizens of unincorporated Douglas County, to include the City of Castle Pines North and the Town of Larkspur. The service, located at http://www.crimereports.com/ or directly from the Sheriff’s Office Web site, http://www.dcsheriff.net/ , provides neighborhood crime data in near real-time and is available now.
The CrimeReports service is free to the public and allows citizens to receive automatic daily, weekly or monthly email alerts if/when crimes occur near their home, office, local school, etc. Citizens can also view reported crime activity on an easy to use map for any location within the City of Castle Pines North, the Town of Larkspur and unincorporated Douglas County boundaries. Crime incident data is updated nightly and includes:
� Incident type
� Distance from citizen’s address
� Event identification/case number
� Brief crime incident description
“CrimeReports.com will prove particularly valuable to those in the community who want to stay informed about what is going on in their neighborhoods and empower citizens to work with the police department to address neighborhood crime issues.” said Sheriff David A. Weaver.
“By participating in CrimeReports.com, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is demonstrating its commitment to service and safety by making crime information available to the citizens of Douglas County,” said Greg Whisenant, co-founder and CEO of Public Engines, which makes the CrimeReports.com application. “Sheriff Weaver and the Sheriff’s Office staff are forward-looking, providing timely, location specific information to the public when they need it” he said.
The CrimeReports service is an ideal implementation of the Global Justice XML Data Model (GJXDM), the authorized data sharing protocol developed and supported by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Using GJXDM as the underlying technology gives the application much more versatility and flexibility. For example, if adjacent law enforcement agencies choose to integrate with the service, side by side data will be readily available for both alerting and analytics. It will also allow for additional integration at the regional, state and even national level.
CrimeReports.com provides law enforcement agencies with an affordable and easy-to-use Web-based service that lets them share up-to-date neighborhood crime data with the public. Community members can then access this information for free, empowering them to make informed decisions to help improve the safety of their families, friends, property and the community at large. For more information, please visit http://www.CrimeReports.com.
Deputy Cocha Heyden
Douglas County Sheriff Public Information Officer
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Deputy Ron Hanavan
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Douglas County Sheriff and School District Launching New Texting Program in High Schools
DOUGLAS COUNTY: Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver and Superintendent of Schools Jim Christensen are proud to announce the implementation of a new and innovative Youth Education Safety in Schools program called Text-A-Tip. In keeping with the commitment to our community and youth safety, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Douglas County School District, Parker and Castle Rock Police Departments, is enthusiastic about this new program that will allow our high school students in Douglas County the ability to send text messages via their cell phone directly to the Douglas County Schools and the Sheriff’s Office on matters of student and school safety.
The Text-A-Tip program, which utilizes the same technology as Crime Stoppers, allows a student to send a text message in real time to the Douglas County Schools and local law enforcement on important school concerns such as in progress criminal events, for example a fight, information that a student may be suicidal, or that suspicious individuals are on school property. Other areas include weapons at school, or information about drugs or alcohol. A variety of other safety related topics in addition to those discussed are just some of the topics where the Text-A-Tip program could be used to notify school and law enforcement personnel.
The process of texting a tip through the Text-A-Tip program is very simple. Each Douglas County School District high school has been assigned a keyword for use in the Text-A-Tip program. The student who was sending the text would then type in the access number or dial it from their programmed phone list.
Once a message has been received, the dispatcher that is handling the text message has the ability to communicate or text “chat” with the student in order to gain needed information regarding the incident. The school dispatcher will then contact the appropriate resources, which may include Law Enforcement, Fire Personnel and/or School administration to effectively and safely handle the situation.
Individuals should still use 911 when reporting an emergency! The use of the Text-A-Tip program is intended for reporting non-emergent circumstances. If it is not safe to call 911 then it would be appropriate to use Text-A-Tip.
At this time, the Text-A-Tip program, which is effective April 7, 2009, will only be utilized with high school students. This service provides students with anonymity and provides teens one more tool to help keep themselves and their school environments safe. It provides an avenue of sharing information with law enforcement that has the potential to save lives. This program should be treated with respect. Prank tips will not be tolerated, and false reporting is a criminal offense
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be the first Law Enforcement agency in the State of Colorado to bring The Text-A-Tip program into the schools in partnership with the Douglas County School District.
CONTACT #1: Deputy Cocha Heyden, Public Information Officer, 303-660-7586, pgr 303-826-7822
CONTACT #2: Whei Wong, Communications Director, DCSD, 303.387.0033
Douglas County Tip Line: If you have any information involving any Douglas County or other law enforcement case, please feel free to call 303-660-7579
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