|Thursday, February 17, 2011 – John Patti|
|The Baltimore County Police Department has unveiled its newest online crime fighting tool. It is called iWatch!
Residents interested in learning more about the activities of the Baltimore County Police Department can now sign up for iWatch Baltimore County services that will allow them to receive information about the agency through e-mail subscriptions.
Through the use of their computers and handheld electronic devices residents will be able to provide police with crime tips and make non-emergency complaints via the Internet on all types of crimes including possible terrorist activity. They will also be able to file complaints electronically on simple every day issues involving animals, neighbors, juveniles, noise, and abandoned autos.
However, Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson says 9-1-1 should still be used in an emergency.
Residents can also now receive the same news releases that are distributed to the media. The information will be provided in the form of iWatch Crime Alerts and Police Announcements. They can also subscribe to the department’s monthly newsletter, Business Beat, which provides crime prevention tips for businesses. Also available is the department’s quarterly newsletter, Behind the Badge, and a monthly reminder about the department’s cable TV program, Police Report.
According to Chief Johnson, “iWatch Baltimore County will provide citizens with an advanced tool to assist police in fighting crime in their neighborhoods. iWatch Baltimore County will afford citizens the opportunity to become directly involved in impacting the overall quality of life in their neighborhoods through the use of technology.”
Johnson also assures county residents that all information shared anonymously will continue to be kept in confidence in the same manner as a telephone call would be.