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Dauphin Co. unveils new crime site

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There is a new free way to track and report crime in Dauphin County.

Today, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico unveiled the new Dauphin County Criminal Justice Portal. It's part of the Crimewatch Pennsylvania Network.

"We are the first county in the state to do this, I think the first county in the country to do this," he said. "It's very innovative, it's cutting edge we're taking some new steps."

The portal allows residents to find information such as arrest and incidents in their neighborhoods and also connects to Facebook and Twitter. A smartphone application is also on the way.

Although the site is up and running, all Dauphin County police departments are not yet on board. Many are in the process of joining the site. The goal of the portal is to allow law enforcement to quickly organize information that impacts the public and release it using the latest technology. 

"The key to this website is public communication," he said. "Take a look at it, see what's going on in your neighborhood, be aware of your surroundings and what's happening there. And if you can help the police, submit a tip and you can do that anonymously."

In addition, the site has already brought in tips that have helped to solve crimes. 

"We have received four anonymous tips in the several weeks that we've been up, two of which have resulted in arrest on people without standing warrants," he said. "We were able to get the information from a citizen that wanted to remain anonymous, I mean very specific information about where the people were frequenting and where we could find them and low and behold we were able to go out there and find them."

Chief Jason Umberger of Swatara Township Police said the helps his department be more effective.

"It saves us tremendous amounts of time and resources to effectively use the resources that we have more efficiently. And that time savings is money savings," said Umberger.

Dauphin County's Violent Crime Task Force paid for the start up of the portal using gaming money and other funding.

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