The internet is something so many of us may enjoy each day, especially with the never ending amount of information available to you.
One local police department is using this information train to give residents an up-close look at what they do, at the click of a mouse.
The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department has been one of the leading departments in the state when it comes to using social media, and that is no different now. The department has used Facebook to solve dozens of crimes in and around the Wisconsin Rapids area.
And now, a new program called Crime Reports allows people to see exactly where each crime is taking place. All you have to do is go to crimereports.com and click which location you are interested in and what crimes you want to see.
Officers with the department says using the internet has changed the way they do their daily work. Wisconsin Rapids Police Department Lt. Brain Kryzkowski says, "Back in the day, it was knocking on doors and we still do that. But with the electronic media, we can reach people who weren’t necessarily part of the neighborhood but are aware of what is going on in that particular neighborhood."
The crime reports website is completely free--- and actually pretty easy to use. It is just one more way the department is looking to get the internet involved in helping solve crimes.
The lieutenant says that the program has been up and running since February-- and receives hundreds of views each month.
One of the best things about the website is that it allows residents to see what officers are actually working on from a day to day basis. Something the department says brings the community closer with its officers.
If you would like to try the website for yourself, you can do so by clicking here: Crime Reports WebsiteClick Here to try it.