JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You can now help clean up Jacksonville's streets. We are talking crime and how you can be the newest hi-tech crime fighter. The change will keep more officers on the street and have you doing things online.
It's going to be as easy as clicking a button the computer. The system isn't in place yet, but JSO is modeling theirs after others around the country to make it the easiest for you to use.
Sammi Livingston spends her days typing reports. She doesn't want to spend her nights that way. But after her car was broken into twice and then her bike was stolen, she had to wait for an officer to fill out a police report.
"We want to make sure we are reporting so they're watching," said Livingston.
Now, she will not have to wait for an officer. Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford plans to roll out a new system. It's online.
"They can go online, pull up a report, send it to us. We check it and then they get a report number," said Sheriff Rutherford.
You can only do this for non-violent property crimes, things like vandalism, threatening phone calls and petit theft.
Orlando police are already using the system. The program takes you through the process, step by step, asking for the same information an officer would.
Sheriff Rutherford says the system will help keep more officers on the street. "You're able to respond to calls more quickly and be available when a life limb call comes in," he said.
Livingston says reporting online will make dealing with what's happened to your property a little less stressful. "That way you're not taking the time out of my day, the officers day, taxpayers dollars for an officer to sit at my house for an hour to do this police report," said Livingston.
Again, this system won't be in place until the fall. They're still testing the system to make sure it works. You will still have the option to have a police officer come to your house if you want.