Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Huntington Beach, California police launch public, online crime database

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Residents can now get text message and e-mail updates about crime in their neighborhood through a new online database the Huntington Beach Police Department launched this week.

The new system lists the types of crime, locations, and times of calls made to the department. It replaces a paper list that included a more detailed description of the events. The paper system has been used at the department for more than 20 years, said police spokesman Lt. Russell Reinhart.

The department receives about 7,000 police calls per month, and during the summer can get about 10,000. The new blotter system will be updated once an hour.

The cities of Cypress, Diamond Bar, and Riverside also use this online database. Newport Beach and the sheriff's department have online databases on their Web sites.

With the old police blotter, an employee spent about four to five hours a day blacking out private information from the police calls and left notes about the nature of the incidents. The new system only has the basic information, Reinhart said.
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