Police Department Modifies Crime Reporting to Public ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Police Department Modifies Crime Reporting to Public

The below is from the Annapolis Police Department
Committed to your safety since 1867 Neighborhood Watch Police Report

Contact Us: apdcommunityservices@annapolis.gov

Tuesday August 19th, 2008



As of today, we are launching some changes to the NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH POLICE REPORT.

First and foremost, you will notice the new format. We think this will be a more readable version.

Next, over time, you will see the focus of the report change. Many people have told us that they depend on the report for their basic crimes occurred information. To serve that end, we strive to include every significant ( which is at times, a subjective judgment) crime, along with the unusual, the off-beat, and sometimes even mundane. Pretty much anything deemed to be of interest to the public at large is included. One of our goals with the report is to give some understanding as to what police officers do day in and day out (and its not always exciting) .

We have recently contracted with a private service to post Part One Crimes Online. The format includes many useful features such as varying search and sort options. Annapolis Crime Information can be found at CrimeReports.Com.

Part One Crimes are: Murder, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft and Auto Theft.

The information on CrimeReports.com does not give details though. While we will not include "routine" Part One Crimes generally, we will continue to detail most residential burglaries, robberies, and all "major" crimes. We think information such as methods and circumstances of crimes may be useful for the purposes of the public in seeing how the crime occurred and, more importantly, how they might take steps to prevent a similar one from happening to them.

CrimeReports.com will free us from reporting on the "routine" crimes such as car break ins, and allow us to focus the report more on the major crimes, and the ones that seem to be of the more interesting type regardless of the seriousness. We will also be able to provide more information on the progress of investigations and crimes closed by arrest.

("routine" and "major" are in quotes, because we realize all crimes are important and major, especially to the victims, but, of course judgments have to be made as to which ones to detail in the report.)

We hope you like the changes. Let us know what you think.

E-mail us anytime at apdcommunityservices@annapolis.gov or call (410) 268-9000 and ask for the Community Services Section.

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