Sugar Land debuts "E-policing"

May 14, 2008 4:45:24 PM PDT
Sugar Land's newest tool in its arsenal to fight crime is an online collaboration intended to strengthen community partnerships.Known as "E-Policing," crime prevention officers plan to expand an e-mail alert program intended to notify citizens on a regular basis of crime trends, safety tips and other important information.

"E-Policing is our way of bringing community policing to the Internet," Police Lt. Michelle Allen, who oversees the Sugar Land Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit, said.

Those who sign up for the e-policing program will receive e-mails from a crime prevention officer. SLPD says it will also depend on citizens to help fight crime.

Each crime prevention officer will be responsible for a portion of the city, and through e-policing, they will address local issues to help citizens stay safe and informed.

Sugar Land is currently ranked "America's Fifth Safest City," a distinction based on an analysis of FBI crime statistics.

"We are committed to providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships," said Police Chief Steve Griffith, who credits a strong police presence and active citizens for Sugar Land's low crime rate. "It's important for us to stay connected to the community, which enables us to work together to create a safe environment to live and work."

To sign up for e-policing, go to www.sugarlandtx.gov, choose "Police Department" from the "Departments" menu, then select "E-Policing." Citizens may also contact 281-275-2951 for more information.

SLPD's Web site also includes a "Daily Crime Report," an easy-to-use online tool for residents and visitors to access crime and police report information within Sugar Land. Visitors may also utilize the "Report Criminal Activity" form to share information about crime in Sugar Land.


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