Arrest data is public record — anyone is privy to the information held in daily logs of the local police department. But most people don't care to make the trip down to the station to find out the latest scuttlebutt on Scotts Valley scofflaws.
The boys in blue are about to make accessing such data much easier for those in and around the 95066 zip code. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Scotts Valley Police Department will become an official participant of Citizen Rims, an online interface for police departments to share select information with the public.
According to an official release from Scotts Valley Police, the local department will use its Citizen Rims page for the following:
- Incident mapping (includes calls for service)
- Crime mapping
- Arrest log (includes 10 days of data)
- Crime charts (includes historical comparisons)
- Stolen vehicles list
- Most wanted citizens
- Missing persons
To access all the brand new data, visit the SVPD Citizen Rim site at svpd.crimegraphics.com.
The site includes the following disclaimer upon entering:
"In an effort to protect victim privacy this website does not provide information regarding juvenile offenders, or specific information regarding calls for service that are sensitive in nature. The Department does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information contained on this website regarding specific incidents, crimes, or people with respect to the omission of information that may have not yet been filed or is pending filing with a court of jurisdiction relating to criminal offenses."
The site wasn't initially set to go live until 4 a.m. Dec. 12, but several incidents have already been logged.
Will you check up on local crime now that it's so easy? Tell us in the comments!