The Hampton Police Division is making it easier for residents to be in the know when it comes to crimes occurring in their neighborhoods.
With the recent release of division’s new “Police 2 Citizens” portal, the public now has access to information pulled directly from the police’s reporting system daily, including active warrants, reports, and arrests.
“The public wants to know what’s going on in their communities,” said Amanda Moreland, a spokeswoman for the Hampton Police Division. “Now the information is available immediately at their fingertips.”
Data including juvenile information and select offenses will not be searchable on the site for reasons related to “sensitivity of the victims or crimes involving children,” Moreland said.
Moreland did not immediately have access to the list of the omitted offenses in time for this story.
The web-based portal enables users to search specific event dates, the daily bulletin, and wanted list while narrowing down results with addresses and distance ranges.
Reports of crimes with offender mugshots and listed charges are also accessible via the online tool.
Moreland said implementing the portal is part of the division’s initiative to increase transparency with the public and “keep with 21st century policing.”
“Expanding access to these new search tools empowers citizens to conduct their own research while improving the transparency and efficiency of the division,” a police spokesman wrote in a news release.
Here’s an introduction video to the portal posted on social media by Hampton Police Division officials: