WPD teams with CrimeReports

Westfield residents will have free access to neighborhood crime data through the Westfield Police Web site and an iPhone app.

The Westfield Police Dept. announced recently citizens can now gain access to neighborhood-level crime incident data in near real time.

“Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities because an informed public is a safer public,” says WPD Chief Joel Rush. “Partnering with CrimeReports gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.”

The public can access the free crime data through the Website or through the CrimeReports iPhone app, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. The new service even lets local citizens sign up for free customizable e-mail updates so they can monitor crime in their neighborhood. “Information is power,” Chief Rush added. “And we hope giving the community this information will help them understand crime trends and lower crime in their neighborhoods.”

“WPD is demonstrating its leadership in law enforcement by finding new ways to connect with the public at a personal level,” said Greg Whisenant, founder and CEO of CrimeReports. “By partnering with us, they are recognizing the value of the public’s involvement and being proactive in both policing and investing in programs that make a difference.” The web-based CrimeReports service is designed to be affordable for agencies of all sizes.

More than 1,000 other law enforcement agencies of all sizes across the nation are sharing their crime information with the public through the national crime map, including Newark, Baltimore, Boston, San Jose, San Francisco, Portland, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County and more. The map covers nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population.

You can access your local crime map and sign up for daily, weekly or monthly e-mail crime updates at www.crimereports.com/agency/wpd.