Well, actually, they will appear on the police department’s Web site at 10 a.m. Friday, but you get my drift.

What a cool thing for the city to do. Really! It gives residents the opportunity to see what’s going on in their neighborhoods just an hour or so after it happens. You are supposed to be able to search the calls for service in any location for the last 30 days by address, date, or type of call. That can be useful for landlords who should be keeping an eye on their tenants…ahem. It can also be useful for people like me who are insatiably curious (and even sometimes nosy).

Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said the system has been about 6 months in the making. Police are always getting calls from people wondering what’s happening crimewise in a neighborhood they’d like to move to, she said, or one in which they already live. This is one way for them to get the information they need themselves.

So have at it, folks! Isn’t the free exchange of important information wonderful?

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