September 21, 2011 Contact: Marian O'Briant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sheriff's Office joins CrimeReports.com, the National Crime Map
Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong is pleased to announce citizens can now gain access to neighborhood crime level 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," Sheriff Berrong said. "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 information through a link on the Sheriff's Office website, www.bcso.com , or the CrimeReports iPhone app, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. The new service even allows local citizens to sign up for free customizable e-mail alerts, so they can monitor crime in their neighborhood.
"Information is power," Sheriff Berrong said. "We hope that giving the community this information will help them understand crime trends and lower crime in their neighborhoods."
"The Blount County Sheriff's Office 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 all agencies of all sizes. Currently in East Tennessee, Knox and Anderson County Sheriff's Offices also uses CrimeReports. More than a thousand other law enforcement agencies of all sizes across North America are sharing their crime information with the public through the national crime map, including Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Los Angeles County, and many more. The map currently covers nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population.
In addition to access through the BCSO website (www.bcso.com), you can also sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly e-mail crime alerts at www.CrimeReports.com.
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