Newton PD is incorporating new programs that will allow citizens to track or report crimes on their computers, even their cell phones.
"It's like a 21st century neighborhood watch," said Sgt. Bryan Hall, Newton Police Department. In this digital age, the Newton Police Department turns to technology to improve safety.
Through www.raidsonline.com, when you type Newton, KS in the location area, a map appears that shows where crime is happening.
"What this does is allow us to effectively identify crime patterns to effectively put officers in the place to prevent or disrupt those crime patterns," said Sgt. Bryan Hall.
Another site called Citizen Observer has a program called Tip 411, where the community can report crime. Hall said, "if you want to submit an anonymous tip you can do so through there.
You're even able to send tips through the cell phone app, which is available for iPhone and Android phones, called Newton PD Tip. Hall said, "the tips come to us through a text message. We can answer you back, we don't know who you are, but we can then ask follow up questions to make your information the best it can be."
Newton Police say this will better connect them to the community during emergencies, local Amber alerts, or scams. Hall said "we can push out information to everyone who's a member of that network."
"It does build a relationship with the community, between the community and the police department," said Corporal Josh Millspaugh, Newton Police Department.
Many of the programs are available, however they are still being tested. Newton PD expects to launch the program in the coming weeks.
In addition to these programs, Newton PD patrol cars have been outfitted with GPS tracking that will allow Harvey County Dispatch to know exactly where every officer in Newton is.