OPP ‘Citizen Self Reporting’ lets you report crime online
ORILLIA — Police are going high-tech with reporting your non-emergency crime from your computer or smartphone.
The Ontario Provincial Police say they have made another move to “improve efficiency” within one of the largest deployed police services in North America.
This week the OPP unveils a new online reporting system that will enable the public to report specific occurrences from a computer.
“Citizen Self Reporting” will offer the public another way to report select incidents, which are not an emergency, by completing a report online at their convenience.
Const. Chrystal Jones, OPP media relations officer at Orillia, told TODAILY that the system is active as of Monday.
She said you have to go to the OPP’s public Internet portal www.opp.ca to log on and send a message.
You can’t just text your crime, says Jones, but if you have a smartphone, iPad or tablet you can easily connect that way.
And she explained it’s very simple, walking TODAILY through the website, which includes a map to let you contact the nearest appropriate local OPP detachment.
The OPP says it is one of several Ontario police services who have adopted an Internet-based crime reporting system where people can report certain crimes such as lost property, theft from vehicles, and property damage, without an officer having to be dispatched.
Only occurrences that do not involve an injury, a suspect or evidence are applicable. An officer will attend if requested by the complainant.
They say, in a release, that they expect that Citizen Self Reporting will be “beneficial to both the public and the police. It will provide a convenient alternative to the citizens of Ontario, while allowing frontline officers to focus their efforts on other enforcement and crime prevention strategies within our communities.
“By providing people with another option for reporting crimes, the OPP is hopeful that more incidents will be reported, resulting in the collection of information to develop future crime prevention initiatives.”
To access the system, go to opp.ca.
The OPP can be contacted toll free anytime at 1-888-310-1122.
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