December 20, 2014

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North Ridgeville police reports available online

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city’s Police Department recently joined many surrounding communities in making police reports available online.

The department began putting incident and accident reports online about two weeks ago, said Police Capt. Marti Garrow.

The reports can be found at www.nridgeville.org. Go to the police page, and look for “Search Accidents/Incident Reports” under Links and Resources.

“Once reports are approved, we look to have them posted the next day,” Garrow said.

Reports can be accessed a variety of ways ranging from dates and names to streets and specific report numbers.

Police made the shift with the help of TAC Computer Inc., an Oakwood Village-based company that provides software and hardware to government agencies including police and fire departments, and other city services across Northeast Ohio.

The company provides computerized dispatch, record-keeping and management services for North Ridgeville, Garrow said.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for awhile to take the burden off our Records Department,” Garrow said. “This is more technologically advanced and more convenient for people who want to get reports.”

The switchover necessitated a few changes for police, including having officers who previously did handmade diagrams for accident reports learn how to draw those diagrams with a computer-aided program.

Accident reports are being made available going back to the beginning of May, Garrow said.

Printed copies of accident and incident reports will still be made available for anyone who doesn’t have access to a computer or who simply prefers traditional copies, Garrow said.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.