‘Virtual front desk’ provided for users to make public records requests, find red-light camera information and learn crime prevention tips
This week, the Sarasota Police Department announced the redesign of its website, www.sarasotapd.org.
“The new design offers a modern, more user-friendly, and mobile-optimized layout,” a news release explains. It “provides a virtual front desk where users have direct access to make public records requests, find information about red light cameras, and learn various crime prevention tips,” the release points out.
The virtual front desk feature on the home page also offers a portal where users can file a police report online in regard to harassing phone calls/texts/emails, identity theft, lost property, theft, and vandalism, the release notes.
In addition to submitting a police report online, the release continues, an individual may submit a report via a self-service kiosk located in the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department, which stands on Adams Lane in downtown Sarasota, near the Terrace Building. In upcoming weeks, additional kiosks will be installed at Sarasota City Hall on First Street in downtown Sarasota and at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, which is located at 1845 34th St., the release says.
Further, the release points out, the redesign of the Sarasota Police Department website “offers a sub-site for recruitment where citizens interested in applying to become police officers or joining the agency in a civilian capacity can learn additional information. The recruiting sub-site highlights the steps to becoming a Sarasota Police officer,” plus information about training and the City of Sarasota, the release says.
“The Sarasota Police Department appreciates the Digital Video Technology class at Manatee Technical College, which created the highlight video reel at the top of the website,” the release continues. “Instructor Christy Oshana and several students spent weeks shooting and editing videos highlighting the Sarasota Police Department members in and around the City of Sarasota at notable landmarks,” the release adds.