An online form to allow residents to file police reports for minor incidents and petty crimes is coming to Cleveland, according to the Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez . Now, it could even be more effective to have all incidents reported, so then we could have something like chicagocrime.org which could inform police and residents where are the hot spots truly are and give people objective data to form their perspectives and decisions within the police department and community.
Lastly, according to this plain dealer op-ed, http://www.cleveland.com/editorials/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/opinion/121541948227330.xml – [Link is already broken – can’t the PD just keep their website organized and not move their web pages so readers can access them in the future ?] july 7, 2008, it said the online reporting system for broken-window related crimes [vandalism, small theft, etc] will be available about Six months from now.
This has a great opportunity to identify trends [popular locations, crimes, etc] and keep an organized system of these incidents, besides just paper copies at each district [I presume that paper copies is all they have].
With this information, the police department has to actually use it to make their decisions and implement the decisions (the devil in the details).
6 Months later, let’s see if the City council’s promise [and the PD’s prediction] will come through. (That reminds me, what about the city’s plan to reinstate the recycling plan, when was old brooklyn scheduled to receive new garbage cans ?)