Boulder Police Begin Using Online Reporting System for Some Crimes

The University of Colorado Police Department has teamed up with the Boulder Police Department to create an online system for reporting certain suspected crimes, according to a recent article in the Colorado Daily.

The system allows people on the University of Colorado campus to report suspected crimes like theft, property damage, traffic offenses, or vandalism via an online system. The participating police departments hope that the system will free up police officers to patrol areas more frequently, instead of having to respond in person to many complaints. Increased patrols should in turn prevent crimes such as bike theft and vandalism, according to the department.

Before the online system was put in place, officers had to respond in person to every report of a suspected crime on the university’s campus. The response process took an average of 40 minutes; since about 200 responses were required in 2012, the total equaled about 11 months worth of time that the officers could have been using to patrol and prevent crimes, according to the department.

Each claim reported online is investigated just as if it had been recorded in person, according to officers. Those who wish to report a suspected crime may also choose to report it in person. Serious crimes or crimes in progress should still be reported via phone call or in person to the appropriate police department.

The report of a suspected crime does not mean that a crime has actually occurred, and if you are accused of a crime in Colorado, it does not mean that you committed it. If you need help dealing with criminal charges, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced Colorado criminal defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. Our number is (719) 475-2555, and your initial consultation is free and confidential.

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