Smyrna Police Department launches new website to boost transparency

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SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A new online tool in Smyrna will connect homeowners with their neighborhood police.

The Smyrna Police Department launched a website called P2P or Police to Citizens. It allows anyone to view everything from traffic stops and warrants to recent arrest.

“They can go on there and see whose been arrested and look at their booking photo,” Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold told News 2.

It’s unlike any service the police department has offered before.

“There’s a lot of things with this site that people can do. They can actually make a report of identity theft or internet fraud,” Arnold explained.

He hopes the website will reassure transparency between the police department and the community.

“In this day in age, you want to connect with your community as much as possible and by connecting with the community, what I mean is being able to show them what the police department is doing, because we work for the public, they pay our salaries, they pay all of our equipment and we work for them.”

The site was included in a software package that Chief Arnold says cost around $500,000, but in the end he says it will save the department money allowing citizens to make copies of reports from home and cutting back on dispatch calls.

The information should be posted within 24 hours, and the chief says it will not include active investigations, information related to minors, and some personal information of suspects.

“They can’t see anything, any identifying characteristics such as social security, date of birth, things of that nature.”

Chief Arnold says they are still working on a few glitches with the site. They hope to eventually roll out an app as well.

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