City, sheriff team up for crime notification reports

ENCINITAS — Encinitas residents looking for more information about the crimes occurring in their community have another resource available to do so.

The city of Encinitas has partnered with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to produce a monthly crime report on the city web page that will include noteworthy incidents, crime trends and links to other sources for local crime information.

City officials said the page is an example of the city trying to provide the public greater informational access.

“The monthly crime report is one of the many ways we are trying to make more information available to the public,” city spokeswoman Marlena Medford said. “This is especially important when it comes to local crime trends, because those can have a direct impact on citizens.”

The first report, which was posted on May 28, included information about a May 9 foot pursuit that ultimately led to the CHP, a sheriff’s helicopter, Carlsbad Police Department and sheriff’s K-9 units getting involved.

The suspect got away but was arrested several days later.

The new report is one of several web initiatives the city has launched over the past few months, including several social media pages, and a soon-to-launch public comment site provided by Berkeley-based Peak Democracy.

Local activists have expressed concern that the latter effort will expose commenter’s information to the public, as well as not provide the city with an accurate gauge of public opinion on controversial topics.

Medford said the city and Sheriff’s Department are working on an emergency communications plan to better equip the public with access to information during a crisis, such as the recent fires.

 

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