News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW) -- New technology in Waynesboro is helping both police officers and the community to keep track of crime in their neighborhoods.
"We're like any other town in America," said Jayne Brinson, who has lived in Waynesboro her whole life. "Whether you're a city or a small town, there's a lot of crime, and, of course, with the times and the economy, it's getting worse."
Starting this year, the Waynesboro Police Department is working to make the community more aware of that crime using a program called Command Central.
"We're small, but we can still be cutting edge," said Chief Alfonzo Williams with the Waynesboro Police Department.
There are three parts to the system. Part one is an online crime map at crimereports.com.
"A citizen, a police officer, a business owner can go up to crimereports.com and get up-to-the-minute information on any incidences, accidents, suspicious reports," Williams said.
Part two is an anonymous tipster link.
"It removes the reluctance to report for failure that they'll be identified," Williams said.
The final part is a way for officers to track crime trends.
"In a small town like this, we can't afford a full time crime analyst, but this system essentially is a crime analyst if we utilize it properly," Williams said.
They can create heat maps, tracking times, days and areas where certain crimes happen.
"We can't decide where our units are gonna go or what areas they're gonna spend most of their time in if you don't have the data to support it," he said.
It can also help figure out where the next target might be based on what they call "hot spot locations."
"We're gonna show up, we're gonna figure out what the problem is and we're gonna find a way to fix it so that we're not there again the next day or the next week or the next month," \Williams said.
Brinson says it's a great tool for the community and is something she'll check every day.
"I think an educated community is always a plus," she said.
The program cost them $5,000 this year and will cost significantly less than that each year after.