Residents of Fremont County now have a new tool that will give them direct access to information related to crime and public safety happening in the community, as well as a wealth of resources, forms and other documents related to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.
The FCSO recently launched a new website in partnership with Crime Watch that gives social media and mobile device users an easier and more effective way to fight crime and stay informed.
It is available online using a browser or using an app on a smartphone.
The program’s goal is “to get more information for the general public as a whole and to save time so people don’t have to come to the office for everything,” the deputy sheriff said. Fremont County, Derek Irvine.
To better collaborate with the community, the FCSO is asking all businesses and residents with surveillance camera systems, including wall cameras and doorbell cameras, to register with the sheriff’s office.
“Let’s say you have a bunch of car burglaries in an area, which happens quite frequently, our deputies can go to the website and pull up a map of where every camera in the county is recorded,” Irvine said. “If there’s a bunch of car jumps on the north end of town, they can go in and click on a camera location and find the person’s contact info, contact them and see if they can get some footage. who can help them in their investigation.
If the registered owner of the camera agrees to share footage, law enforcement should obtain it directly from him; the sheriff’s office does not have direct access to the cameras.
Using the registry not only helps to make arrests, but also to track suspects, Irvine said.
“I think it’s a good system,” he said.
Under the Crime Prevention tab on the website, residents also have the option to register their alarm systems and they can enroll someone in the Special Needs Registry.
“If someone has an autistic child in the house, they can register them, so if we’re ever sent to the area, we’ll know to respond without lights or sirens,” Irvine said. “It helps us manage that service call if we get a call.”
Also on the website, residents can register for a vacation home check. Depending on manpower and call volume, deputies will check the registered house every other day.
People can also view recent arrests on the website.
“We publish all arrests made by this office on the site,” Irvine said. âWe don’t pick and choose anyone. The community needs to know exactly what we are doing. They will know the exact arrests we make on a daily basis. Â»
This resource allows residents to:
- Create a free account to receive email alerts about crimes committed in certain regions
- Submit a tip to local law enforcement
- Submit a report online, including photos and video
- Share information with others via social media
- Connect to resources and services
- Access records and forms
- Access detention center information, including visitation, inmate mail, and bail
- Apply for the support program
A crime map will be more functional in about a year and a half when the FCSO moves to a new records management system. At that time, the data will be retrieved from the computer-aided dispatch and will be immediately available for viewing.
âIt will allow us to look at hot spots in the county,â Irvine said. “You will get a heatmap.”
For more information, visit https://crimewatch.net/us/co/fremont/sheriff. Download Crime Watch from the Apple App Store at https://apple.co/3A0AYtp or the Android App Store at https://bit.ly/39MXPhj.