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Department unveils new website
Solvay (WSYR-TV) – The Solvay Police Department is already using plate-reading cameras mounted on their patrol cars and have surveillance cameras they can set up anywhere around the village. They’ve now just added another new tool.
Solvay police are teaming up with neighbors online, to keep the village safe.
For a police department that’s been around for 106 years, there’s nothing old fashioned about the way it is connecting with neighbors.
The department’s new interactive website just went live. You can submit a tip, on line, and cops can blog about a just-solved crime.
“The whole idea is to get more information flowing between the police departments and the neighborhoods they patrol,” says Lt. Daryl Perrigo. “They really want to reach out to neighbors who may have a tip about a crime, or a concern and are reluctant to pick up the phone and call them.”
Thefts from cars, for example, don’t always get reported to police right away. “Hopefully, with this website, even if they relay the information…someone was in my car last night…as a tip, we’ll have that information,” Lt. Perrigo said. “When we do have a vehicle break-in, we can put things together and see if there’s a type of pattern and get a better idea of just what’s going on in a neighborhood.”
Still a work in progress, they envision the new web site as a tool with some real crime solving potential. “If there’s a case that needs to be solved, an anonymous tip could come in, in real time, to let those officers know there could be a lead on a case they are working on.”
Police are going high tech, to a point. Cops won’t be texting or tweeting and they still prefer meeting you face to face.