County Po­lice set to work on new web­site

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN MYRICK Edi­tor

The Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment is tag­ging up with the new head of the county’s IT depart­ment to cre­ate a more user­friendly ex­pe­ri­ence for lo­cal res­i­dents.

Po­lice Chief Kenny Dodd told the public safety com­mit­tee dur­ing their May 28 ses­sion that he wants to pur­sue cre­at­ing a web­site specif­i­cally for the county po­lice. The web­site will in­tro­duce new fea­tures po­lice and res­i­dents can use in fight­ing crime.

Dodd ex­plained to the com­mit­tee that he has talked with David Smith, hired ear­lier this year as the county’s direc­tor of in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy, about en­hanc­ing the po­lice depart­ment’s web pres­ence. He said Smith’s re­sponded fa­vor­ably to the idea, and they’ve started to map out the broad scope of the web­site, which the county will begin work on this sum­mer.

The web­site will be

The web­site will be set up so that lo­cal res­i­dents can in­ter­act di­rectly with spe­cific of­fi­cers work­ing on spe­cific cases.

Dodd said the new site will also al­low him to post his own up­dates on in­for­ma­tion im­por­tant to the public, such as no­tices about cur­rent scams, wanted in­di­vid­u­als and in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing emer­gen­cies.

“We also want to build a sys­tem peo­ple can use to find out where an in­ves­ti­ga­tion stands or to give de­tec­tives in­for­ma­tion and free up my of­fi­cers to be able to spend time on those in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said. “Right now, with all the phone calls our de­tec­tives have to fol­low up on dur­ing a week, they might spend at least half a day on the phone.”

Dodd also said he’s work­ing with Smith to cre­ate an in­ter­nal sys­tem to al­low the chief to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate with of­fi­cers through mem­o­randa and to re­ceive case in­for­ma­tion from his of­fi­cers.

He said af­ter dis­cussing ideas with Smith, he’s learned that most of the soft­ware re­quired for the project will be free.

Dodd said the web­site would be a project that he and Smith will col­lab­o­rate on to­gether dur­ing the sum­mer. He pro­vided no im­me­di­ate time­frame on when up­dates might be forth­com­ing.

“We want to do this right, so we’re in no im­me­di­ate rush to get it done right away,” he said.

Dur­ing Dodd’s monthly re­port to the com­mit­tee, he gave com­mis­sion­ers up­dated num­bers from the county po­lice for May.

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics from the depart­ment, some 188 in­ci­dent re­ports were filed dur­ing the month (not in­clud­ing the fi­nal three days from May 29 through May 31.)

Of those, 61 were re­ported as felonies and 90 as mis­de­meanors.

In those in­ci­dents, 37 peo­ple were taken into cus­tody. De­tec­tives opened 25 in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the month, and cleared five cases.

Po­lice re­ported a value of $128,240 in stolen items, and $13,257 in items re­cov­ered.

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