Police put dispatch logs on the Web.
Wondering what the police were doing in your neighborhood last night? Now you can find out for yourself with just a few clicks of the mouse.
As of this week, police dispatch logs for the Eugene and Springfield police departments and the Lane County Sheriff's Office are accessible online.
The new logs include the time, date and location of all calls for service that come in to each agency. Most entries include a brief description of the incident, as provided by the caller. Most also include information on how the call was resolved - whether through arrest, citation or report. Certain confidential information is filtered out.
Each day, Eugene and Springfield will post the log from the previous 24 hours, so Thursday's log will be available today. Information for the weekend will not be updated until Monday.
Lane County plans to post the information less frequently, once or twice a week, because of staffing issues, sheriff's Sgt. Clint Riley said.
It's the first time Eugene and Springfield have offered such information on the Web. The sheriff's office had been posting a less-detailed version on its Web site since August 2004.
Until July 2004, similar information was available via paper printouts kept at the three agencies and provided to media and the public upon request.
But that feature was eliminated when the county joined with Motorola to upgrade the interagency Area Information Records System, commonly known as AIRS. The system provides emergency dispatch for police, fire and ambulance service in Eugene, Springfield and Lane County and allows law enforcement officers quick access to criminal records.
In the past 2 1/2 years, the county and police agencies have worked with Motorola to restore the detailed log and to make it accessible over the Internet, said Dara Boush, AIRS manager.
Motorola tinkered with its software, while county computer programmers wrote a program to filter out confidential information and ensure that each agency had control over its own data.
In the future, the Eugene Police Department wants to further improve the system so that the data on its Web site are refreshed every 15 minutes or so, instead of every 24 hours, according to police spokeswoman Melinda Kletzok.
POLICE LOGS ONLINE Online dispatch logs for local police agencies went active this week. To check out activity in your area, go to the following Web addresses: Eugene Police Department: www.eugene-or.gov/police, click on "Police Dispatch Log" link on right side of screen; updated daily at noon except on weekends Springfield Police Department: www.ci.springfield.or.us/police/ log.htm, click on the day of the week; updated daily except on weekends Lane County Sheriff's Office: www.lanecounty.org/ Sheriff_PoliceServices/ Activitylog.htm, click on date desired; updated twice a week
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|Title Annotation:||General News; Eugene, Springfield and Lane County information is available to the public|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Jan 5, 2007|
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