Local Crime Stats Via the Web
Richland -- Getting information about specific crimes in a city used to take hours and even days. Now the Richland Police Department has set up a service on the city's website that will answer many of the questions residents may have. And the department itself expects to save manpower at the same time.
With a click of the finger, colorful city maps reveal areas favored by criminals. And the information is broken down by types of crimes, such as burglary, malicious mischief, etc. Charts comparing statistics from year to year are also available.
"It's very frustrating for people to call in and want tabulations and have to wait three, four, five, six days, sometimes longer, to get that information," said Captain Mike Cobb with the department. "We just don't have the people to run it and this way people can just run it up on line."
Cobb says manpower deficits affect not only the number of cops on the street, but the number of internal employees who are able to handle calls from the public. The web offering allows residents to quickly and easily access information night or day.
Both Kennewick and Pasco offer similar websites. To take a look, go to the city site you are interested in, click "departments," and "police." In Pasco, it's easiest to use the search function once you enter the city site.