A lot of new resources have been added to help residents gain a better understanding of the department and how it serves them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, local police departments with strong community relationships tend to be more effective in reducing crime. “The interactive links we added to our new website enable us to build stronger partnerships between the police and community by allowing residents to report suspicious activities anonymously, encouraging them to participate in our Neighborhood Watch program, and letting them request extra traffic enforcement for problem areas,” Acting Chief of Police Gregg Hall said.
Other website features include the following:
- A quick link to the Missouri Department of Revenue so residents can seek answers to questions about license plate and driver’s license renewals
- Safety tips on how to avoid becoming a crime victim and what to do if it does happen
- A municipal courts page that provides information on fines, court dates, directions to the court office, and the ability to pay fines/costs online
- Links to neighborhood crime reports, Missouri sex offenders’ website, and Neighborhood Watch Commission
- A page on the Red Light Safety Program which has videos and explains why the program is an effective public safety tool.
PO Tony Kristo, who is currently assigned to the HPD’s Traffic Unit in the Special Operations Group, is the one who designed this new site. His background includes designing and maintaining the website for the St. Louis Regional Traffic Council (www.stltraffic.org), as well as building these other sites: www.jimmyscafe.com; www.nascar411.com; www.shellscoastalcuisine.com; www.searchk9team.com; and www.uhso.org. He worked with all the department supervisors in gathering, editing, and formatting the content and photos for each section.
PO Kristo’s expertise in developing apps for the Apple and Android markets made it possible for him to format the site for mobile smart phone devices. According to PO Kristo, “Hazelwoodpd.org is also a mobile web app. To use the mobile version, just type the URL address on any smart phone and the website will automatically transition into a mobile web app for easy browsing.”
To stay on the cutting edge of social media technology, the HPD has a Facebook page and a Twitter account which can be accessed from the site’s home page.