Second department puts police reports online

Ashland’s police department has joined the county sheriff’s office it posting cases online.

Both departments’ reports can now be found at

The site should increase transparency and help officers better analyze crime in the city and their patrol areas, said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness.

Reports for all crimes except domestic violence, sexual abuse or child abuse are pinned to a city block, so citizens can monitor crime in their neighborhoods or around their children’s school and favorite hangouts, said Holderness.

Citizens can also sign up for e-mail alerts when crimes happen in a designated area or generate graphs to describe crime in their neighborhood.

“It’s not meant to alarm people,” Holderness said. “This is still one of the safest communities in the country.”

So far, only police activity that results in a case is uploaded on the site, which accounts for about 10 percent of what the department does, he said. Ashland police plan to eventually include all activity, such as routine traffic stops and vehicle towings.

“Our goal really is to put all of our activity out here,” he said. “It will give people a real idea of how responsive we’re being.”

For example, if a resident complains that cars always speed through their neighborhood, that person will be able to monitor the site and see if officers have issued tickets to offending drivers, he said.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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