Gainesville police launch online crime reporting

Starting Monday January 4, you can report to police virtually without having to call 9-1-1 in...
Starting Monday January 4, you can report to police virtually without having to call 9-1-1 in Gainesville.
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 10:50 PM CST
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GAINESVILLE, Texas (KXII) - People in Gainesville can now make a police report virtually without having to call 911.

“As a society, more and more people are becoming accustomed to doing their business on an online portal. So we wanted to make something available for them, for when it fits the situation,” said Chief of Police Kevin Phillips.

Gainesville Police Chief Phillips says it’s something the department has had in the works but says with the COVID-19 pandemic it was the perfect time to make the option available.

“It basically works the same way as if an officer was inputting that report,” Phillips said. “(It) Still goes through the review process, supervisors review it and based on that the department will handle it on what needs to be done about it.”

With the online filing system, you’ll be able to report things like stolen or lost property, vandalism or even harassment.

Phillips says for some people, it could ease the burden of speaking directly with a dispatch officer.

“It offers the convince for someone who wants to use it, but I want to make it real clear that there will always be an officer available if you need it” Phillips said.

To make a report online, click here.

“We’re still a small community, we don’t want people to get the idea that we’re trying to automate the police department and reduce that physical contact,” Phillips said, “But with the pandemic, trying to reduce contact at all possible, seemed like the right thing to do.”

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