Turlock Police Department Traffic Safety Unit Reaches Out with Facebook, Turlock Police Department Joins the National Crime Map
The Turlock Police Department Traffic Safety Unit has created a Facebook “page” to be used as a channel of communication with the public. The title of the page is “Turlock Police Traffic Safety Unit.”
Turlock Police are posting several updates a week with helpful traffic safety tips, such as turning on your headlights when it is raining. Also, locations with high collision rates and high violation rates will be listed. The page is informing the public as to special enforcement locations as well as violations the Traffic Safety Unit will be focusing on.
The mission of the Traffic Safety Unit is to reduce collision related injuries and deaths. In 2009, Californians spent an amazing $24,000,000,000 on vehicle collisions. This Facebook page will be used as a way of providing instant and accessible education to the public. Through education, enforcement and engineering, the Traffic Safety Unit strives to lower that number.
The Turlock Police Department Traffic Safety Unit says that their ultimate goal is motorists’ compliance with federal, state, county, and local traffic laws. This Facebook page is another tool that they will use for education.
Turlock Police Department Joins the National Crime Map
In addition to the Turlock Police Department’s facebook announcemt, the department also has recently announced that they have joined the National Crime Map, a crime reporting website, www.CrimeReports.com, that allows people to get a visual look at what crimes are taking place and where.
Have you ever seen flashing red and blue lights in your neighborhood and wanted to know what was going on? Do you want to know how safe your neighborhood really is? Now you can, through the new partnership between Turlock Police Department and CrimeReports®.
The public can access the Crime Map 24 hours a day through the website or through the CrimeReports iPhone® application (app). The iPhone app is available for free download through the Apple iTunes Store. This new service allows local citizens to sign up for free e-mail alerts. Alerts can be customized to be received daily, weekly or monthly.
Turlock’s partnership with CrimeReports was made possible by utilizing a portion of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant that was received from Office of Traffic Safety. The Turlock Police Department Traffic Unit is able to utilize the National Crime Map to determine areas in Turlock that are experiencing a high volume of traffic related incidents, and in turn provide additional observation, evaluation and enforcement to those areas.
The Turlock Police Deparment stated in a press release that providing reliable and timely information to the citizens of Turlock is one of the department’s top priorities and that the new partnership with CrimeReports gives police the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community.
The Turlock Police Department also has their own page on the City of Turlock website where they publish a crime log, a facebook page for their traffic unit safety tips, and a twitter account for announcements.
While the public may access all this information, it may not be real time according to Turlock Police Captian Mike Langston.
“The crime log is generally updated daily by the Watch Commanders, but it is a manual process at this time (unfortunately),” stated Captain Langston. “If the Watch Commanders are busy, or not working for some reason, it may be delayed.”
“The Crime Reports take a few days to update as the reports are processed by the Records Unit and entered into the records management system.”
Just because people are concerned or curious about where flashing lights are going or what the police are doing, those are not reasons for calling 911.
“No, please no! Do not call 911 to see why a police car is at your neighbors house,” said Langston. “911 is a system designed for emergency purposes and not information. It is a crime to abuse the 911 system.”
Captain Langston said that if something happens that becomes public information, it will be posted in due time on the watch log.
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