February 23, 2010City of Charlottesville Police Department 606 East Market Street · Charlottesville, VA 22902 Telephone 434-970-3280 TO: Local Media FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Crime Analyst Kristin O’Connell firstname.lastname@example.org (434) 970-3274 CrimeView Community CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – The Charlottesville Police Department recently launched CrimeView Community; a web based application designed by The Omega Group that allows citizens to view reported incidents and crime activity in their local community. All residents can now easily access and map out incidents occurring anywhere in the City of Charlottesville through a web browser located on the Charlottesville Police Department webpage. Using the many options and features of this website, users can search for incidents and crimes that may have occurred near a specific address, a well-known landmark or location, or within a certain geographic boundary. CrimeView Community also offers the ability to view reports about incidents and crime and to print a copy of the map. This tool provides an important public service by giving citizens access to information that they may ordinarily request directly from the Charlottesville Police Department staff. Creating self reliance among community members and alleviating some of the Department’s staff work load can be of great benefit to a department and its community outreach, as well as staff productivity. Please visit www.charlottesville.org/police to access the Charlottesville Police Department CrimeView Community site hosted by The Omega Group.