Sheriff’s office goes high tech reporting crime

The Calloway County Sheriff's Office recently adopted a new way to notify you about crimes in your neighborhood. So far this year, deputies responded to more than 9,000 calls and have filed almost 300 cases.

Now, you can see those cases online. The website is called http://raidsonline.org, and you can access it from home. Deputies say the more the public knows, the safer the county will be.

Sheriff's Deputy Karen Garland says it's been her responsibility to respond to calls and crimes for more than 20 years. Garland responded to a call of a tractor with a broken windshield. She says it looked as if a bullet busted two of the windows. But Garland says when she has calls without much to go on, the calls can be difficult.

But with a new online tool, Nathan Baird with the sheriff's office says the new technology will help with response.

"A simple click click and you can see it and view all kinds of things," Baird says.

Baird says the crimes are color-coded, and it takes about a week from when the report is filed to when it is included online. He says the more information they have about the crime, the more information they can get to help keep citizens be safer. He says the website can also help the department work more efficiently.

Baird says the program was essentially free. RAIDS Online pulls the report information deputies already file with the state. The sheriff's office just had to go through the work of setting up that communication.

The sheriff's office set up the program so that there are three kinds of crimes that won't be recorded online: homicides, sexual assault, and mental health calls.

In the four-state region, the Calloway County Sheriff's Office was the second to adopt the program. Murray State Police Department was the first.

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