Sheriff's office launches online crime reporting

Published on Thu, Jun 9, 2011
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The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office can now receive reports for certain minor incidents and “no-suspect” crimes via the internet.

To report a crime, visit www.whatcomcounty.us/reportcrime/.

The sheriff’s office warns that only minor incidents not requiring an immediate response should be reported online. In a dangerous situation or when witnessing a crime in progress, dial 9-1-1 to report the incident directly to the dispatch center. The website provides guidelines to help determine whether the situation is appropriate for online reporting.

The new system should provide a more efficient means to handle minor reports and reports filed for insurance purposes. It also allows people to file reports directly from their computers rather than having to make a trip to the sheriff’s office.

“The online reporting system is an excellent example of using existing talents and resources to be more efficient and better serve our citizens,” sheriff Bill Elfo said.