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Lakewood police launch online portal to build community relationships

Posted: 10:35 PM, May 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-13 03:10:57Z
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LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The city of Lakewood launched its online Police-2-Citizen Portal to build a stronger relationship with the community.

People can search for public safety records, arrests, crash reports and other useful information.

“It’s really way to communicate with our citizens, and have them be able to have the information they need it quickly anytime of day or night," Police Chief Timothy Malley said.

Malley said the portal will keep officers informed about what's going on faster, and possibly quicker, with the ability to report anytime. Plus, he said this will keep officers on the streets rather than inside helping with records requests.

“The officer is then able to respond to emergency calls, where he may normally be tied up taking a report that is pretty much for insurance purposes," Malley said.

Those in the city can also submit anonymous tips, making it easier for people to share information with the police.

Malley said those wishing to file a police report for non-emergency incidents can do so from their homes.

Citizens may still call the non-emergency line to share information with police or ask about an incident at 216-521-6773.