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Submit Police Reports Online

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Starting Thursday, February 7th, you can file a police report for non-emergencies online in Brown County.

The Brown County Communications Center says it receives nearly 30,000 calls each month.

About 6,000 of those are 911 calls for emergencies, but the vast majority, 24,000 a month on average are deemed minor calls for things like theft or vandalism where there's no weapon or suspect.

"With the call volume, especially on afternoon shift, it can take hours before we can get an officer dispatched to these calls which would be prioritized as a minor call," says Captain Keith Deneys with the Brown County Sheriff's Department.

To eliminate that wait, the department is sending people online.

"We're going to click on vandalism," Deneys says as he demonstrates the new online system.

When a low-priority crime is committed in the Brown County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction, a person can report it on the website.

That includes harassing or threatening phone calls, identity theft, lost property, and vandalism cases.

The department immediately reviews the report, a copy is emailed right back to you, and a deputy takes the information for follow-up.

"It would depend on the case and depend on the volume of workload coming in through records division, I would say a day or two," Deneys says of how long it would take for a deputy to follow up.

The sheriff's department stresses this is just an option. If you don't have access to the Internet or want to talk to an officer, you still can.

"This is just another tool if somebody doesn't want to do that. We'll be able to provide that," says Sheriff John Gossage.

The sheriff's department website is available now, by clicking here.

In the coming weeks, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, and police departments in De Pere and Hobart-Lawrence will also start using the system.

The site also provides crime data, mapping and access to jail inmate data.

Brown County says it's the first agency in Northeast Wisconsin to roll out this kind of online access.

You only need an email address and Internet access to submit a report.

Action Two News has also learned the city of Green Bay is creating a similar system right now.

Programmers at the police department are developing an online reporting system specific to Green Bay.

When complete, residents will be able to submit a report online for non-emergency calls, like vandalism or a stolen bike.

"We've heard from a lot of people that they would rather have this option. They would rather go online and do it themselves, so they don't have to sit at home for an hour or two sometimes to wait while officers are responding to the in-progress and emergency type calls," says Green Bay Police Lt. John Rousseau.

Green Bay Police are in the process of testing the system right now and should have it available to the public in March.

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