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SUBURBAN CRIME INFORMATION
GOES ONLINE

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Thursday, August 5, 2010— Crime updates from across suburban Cook County will now be available for residents to review online on a daily basis, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Thursday.

“Cook County Crime Blotter” is a new feature on the sheriff’s website, www.cookcountysheriff.com. It is aimed at providing up-to-date information to residents about sheriff’s police activities in neighborhoods throughout unincorporated Cook County. Crime information is sorted on an easy-to-navigate map separated by four distinct patrol districts.

The impetus for the project came after a suburban resident inquired with sheriff’s police about rumors of a rash of criminal activity in her subdivision. Though the rumor was false, Sheriff Dart recognized a disconnect that existed between residents concerned about their community and their ability to easily access information from the department.

“This will allow concerned citizens to see some of what may be going on in their neighborhood and serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for us,” Dart said. “Maybe they noticed something we didn’t or if they see a particular call we responded to at a particular time, it could trigger a memory of something they saw in their neighborhood at that time, but didn’t make the connection before. It’s an added tool to help residents help us.”

“Cook County Crime Blotter” is not a listing of every call received, but a snapshot of calls about major incidents officers have responded to that day. A call for service is not an indicator that an actual crime was committed nor that anyone was arrested. Many of the crimes listed remain under investigation by Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office responds to more than 40,000 calls per year, serving more than 100,000 residents across suburban Cook County. Officers also provide specialized police services to more than 100 municipalities. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is the only police agency in south suburban Ford Heights.

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