MLPD introduces web-based crime reporting

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The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is proud to announce it will be providing a new online police reporting option for the public.  This web based reporting system will allow the public to file certain incident types (minor theft, vehicle burglary, lost property, hit & run, etc.) over the internet at their convenience.  The Mammoth Lakes Police Department expects this internet based reporting service to be very popular among citizens who have come to expect police services to be provided immediately and conveniently online.

The service will allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back.  The public will be able to print a temporary copy of the report upon submitting the report.  The report will be reviewed by police personnel and once approved the filing person will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost.  The report will transfer into the Mammoth Lakes Police Departments records management system and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis ability as if the report had been filed by a police officer.

This web based reporting option will allow officers more time to address community needs while keeping pace with the public expectancy to complete services via the internet.

The web based crime reporting service is available at  HYPERLINK “http://www.MammothLakesPD.org” www.MammothLakesPD.org 

 

 

 

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Amen
Amen
8 years ago

To Dan Watson, I had a feeling you were pretty happy where you were, but can’t hurt to hope! Do you think you could recruit us someone with your values and ethics? It is a rarity in the current MCSO administration and I an stressing what four more years of… Read more »

Amen
Amen
8 years ago

To Dan Watson, I just wanted to say that I appreciate that you answer these Blogs when there are discussions that have to do with your department. It shows that you care what the public thinks about your department and officers, that is very refreshing and I believe that is… Read more »

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
8 years ago
Reply to  Amen

Thanks for the endorsement, but I’m perfectly happy remaining as the police chief in Mammoth Lakes.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

Chief Watson, I think it’s great you respond †o many issues here and hope you continue to. But I would like to know if you will respond to messages from people named trouble. P. S. I wish cell phones were outlawed!

Frank
Frank
8 years ago

Chief Watson;

I think online crime reports are a great idea.

Just posting as a counterpoint to the negative posts from the usual suspects…

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

So are the police going to answer to people named Trouble?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Probably not.
BK

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Cheif Watson……Should have pointed this out in my previous post,as an example….Back in the early 80’s,when I was living in Lancaster,I received a letter in the mail to appear in a San Diego court,a civil trial….as a defendant….with someone claiming I had struck their vehicle in a parking lot,and was… Read more »

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne’s post shows that with or without an on-line system, mistakes or false reports can be made. It’s a crime to file a false police report. People have done it in the past and will continue to do so, on-line reporting system or not. Every report filed on-line will be… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
8 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

Your assumption that I’d like to see the program “abolished” can be made only if you failed to carefully read what I wrote. It is a peculiar lexicon that transforms reference to a system as “efficient” into a demand to abolish that system. I asked whether there are any protections… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

I haven’t noticed you answering with one word replies.
Benett

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

No?

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Touche’

BK

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
8 years ago
Reply to  Tourbillon

Since you are not the only person who reads these posts, Tourbillon, a one word answer to your three paragraph comment would be insufficient for others. Your comment warranted further explanation for the benefit of readers. And, you should go back and read your question at the end of your… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Chief Watson…..kinda like the “statute of limitations” rules that come into play in bigger charges and cases…..witnesses that maybe left the area that wouldn’t be around anymore to help with an alibi….someone holding a grudge against a spouse or a friend….vehicles sold or maybe lent out that people might not… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Maybe I’m being paranoid about it,but it seems this could be a slippery slope to be taking when reporting a crime or incident…or maybe finding out a few days later….or longer….that you might be getting accused of one.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

W.D., Thanks for pointing that out. “…at their convenience.” and, “…at a time that is best for them….” Is a little scary. I always thought that an officer taking a report and asking questions was a part of the investigation. Ya know, my neighbor still has the kayak he borrowed… Read more »

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne – this has become a common practice with police departments throughout the country as they deal with dwindling resources and take advantage of technology. We decided to provide on-line crime reporting when looking at ways to improve efficiency through technology as a result of staffing cuts. I’m not aware… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
8 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

I think the concern is that an online reporting system, while a good idea in principle from an efficiency standpoint, is inherently more susceptible to false report abuse than is a direct one-on-one conversation with the police. Much more temerity is required to falsely report a crime in a conversation… Read more »

Pop
Pop
8 years ago

Thanks Dan,
Would hate to think you didn’t have enough staff to respond to crimes in progress. Here’s to hoping we don’t need you much, but you can always be there when we do.

Dan Watson
Dan Watson
8 years ago

That’s a good question, Pop. The news release should have made it clear that the on-line reporting system should only be used for a hit and run collision when the suspect’s vehicle is not seen, such as returning to your vehicle parked in a lot and observing that it’s been… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Dan Watson

I liked it better in the old days, when people thought twice about ratting out their neighbors and the police didn’t act like robots.

Pop
Pop
8 years ago

Hit and run not immediate public concern?

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

What’s next? Can I tweet God instead of going to church?

Sean
Sean
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

You have been able to tweet God for a long time now:

https://mobile.twitter.com/god

bishop dude
bishop dude
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

obviously you need to go to church. to bad for you