New technology shows Hampton crimes

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 6:00 PM

HAMPTON -- Hampton Police is the first law enforcement agency in Hampton Roads to sign a contract with crimereports.com, which shows a map of crimes in an area. 

When you search an address or intersection at crimereports.com, icons show up listing the crime. 

Crimes, from a homicide to a drug arrest, will be listed on the map.  One exception is sexual offenses - a law in the Commonwealth of Virginia protects victims of sex crimes. 

Hampton Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Price says you can request sexual offenses over the phone and the department will be provide the information.

The one-year contract is free of charge and allows the company to have direct access to two feeds within the department.

The crime map for Hampton will display what is coming directly from the computer assisted dispatch  inside a police officer's car when he or she answers the call. The feed will also show information submitted by the police department's record-keepers after a crime has been updated.

Price says they want to show the public a transparent police department.

Price says there will soon be an app that will allow you to see the map on your phone, as well as Hampton Police Department Twitter feed and Facebook page.
 

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