County Police set to work on new website
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.
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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.