OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
|INCIDENT:||Launch of web accessible Suspicious Activity Report feature on Oxnard Police Department website|
|DATE/TIME:||December 18, 2018|
|LOCATION:||Oxnard Police Department, www.oxnardpd.org|
|PREPARED BY:||James Crilly, Detective|
|CONTACT PERSON AND CONTACT INFO:||James Crilly, Detective
Nobody knows Oxnard better than the people who live and work here. They know what normal activity is, and what may be criminal activity. They know the difference between kids getting together in a park, and what appears to be gang or drug activity. Many times, they don’t call the police department to report the things they have seen or heard. There are many good reasons for this. Quite often it is because they don’t believe what they have seen or heard is important enough to call and ask for an officer to respond. The Oxnard Police Department wants to hear from our community about things which they regard as suspicious and possibly criminal.
There has been a need for another way for the people of Oxnard to tell us about things which concern them besides calling our Communication Center. We want the community and its police department to work together effectively and efficiently to keep Oxnard as safe and crime free as possible.
With that need, and goal in mind, the Oxnard Police Department recently added a feature to our website www.oxnardpd.org. The added feature is labeled “Report Suspicious Activity” and is located near the top right corner of the website’s homepage. Submitting a Suspicious Activity Report is a simple and private way to share information with the Department. People can do so anonymously, or they can provide their contact information. In every case the Suspicious Activity Report is private. There is no public indication of one having been submitted. We are committed to reviewing each Suspicious Activity Report within 24 hours of it being submitted. Once the information in a Suspicious Activity Report is reviewed, it will be shared with Officers, Detectives, and/or other law enforcement agencies for an appropriate response. Examples of what should be reported via the Suspicious Activity Report.
Criminal activity: Crimes you know or believe have been committed, possible continuous criminal activity such as drug dealing and gang activity, and people that are wanted by law enforcement.
Planning and/or Preparation to carry out an attack: Someone is doing and/or saying things which cause you to suspect they may be preparing to carry out a terrorist attack, school shooting, or similar crime.
The SAR feature is not intended to report an emergency or a crime in progress. It should also not be used to report people exercising their Constitutional First Amendment Rights such as freedom of speech or religion. If the reported activity is not in Oxnard, we will ensure that the information is forwarded to the appropriate Agency or Department.
Videos, photos, and other files can be uploaded to accompany a description of the event. The report can be made from a computer or mobile device. As previously noted, submitting a Suspicious Activity Report is private, and it cannot be seen by the public. It can only be seen by the Police. The reporting party has the option to provide personal contact information or remain completely anonymous. Please visit www.oxnardpd.org for more information and to view the Suspicious Activity Report feature. We welcome feedback on it.
DATE / TIME PREPARED:
December 18, 2018 2:15 P.M.