Dauphin Co. using new crime-fighting tool

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Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, county commissioners, and law enforcement launched a new online tool to give the public real-time crime and public safety information.

“You want to know where the crimes are occurring, and you want to know what’s happening in your neighborhood. Rather than sitting next to a scanner as some folks have done for quite some time to find out what’s happening in their neighborhood. This gives you real time data,” said Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick. “When I first viewed the technology I was thinking I was glad Swatara [Township] joined up because I was starting to check right away whats going on in my neighborhood, who are the sex offenders. I have four young daughters, you’re concerned about what’s going on.”

“We think is going to be a unique, cutting edge service, that is really going to change the way we get information out to the general public,” said Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico.

The public can sign up to receive free email alerts regarding crime, submit tips anonymously, search for registered sex offenders, view most wanted lists and recent arrests.

So far the program is already getting great reviews from police. “It connects the public with the police, and the police with the public like no other piece of technology that I’ve seen,” said Jason Umberger, Chief of Swatara Township Police. “In the few short weeks this has been up and running we have received four anonymous tips at the Swatara Township police department, two of which have resulted in arrests.”

The tool can also help people looking to buy a home. “All of our incidents are mapped. You can filter them by date, time, and see what’s really happening in your community. You can also subscribe to get alerts when police are at an incident in your neighborhood,” said Umberger.

To see the Dauphin County Criminal Justice Portal website click here