Sheriff’s Office launches online crime reporting system

System accessible through agency’s website

Image from the Sheriff’s Office website

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) has launched a new online system for reporting crimes, the agency announced this week.

“To serve the Sarasota community better and more efficiently,” the Sheriff’s Office is providing an online reporting system accessible through its website, a news release explains. “This system has been developed and tested to provide convenience and a higher level of service to our citizens while conserving law enforcement time and resources,” the release points out.

An online report can be initiated by visiting the Sheriff’s Office website at “Click on either the ‘File A Report’ link under the ‘Programs and Services’ header at the top of the page or the ‘File A Report’ icon under the photo slideshow,” the release says. Then “click the appropriate tile from the classifications listed. From there, a fillable form will specify the necessary information to complete the report,” the release adds.

This image shows how to access the online crime reporting system from the Sheriff’s Office homepage. Image courtesy Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

While not every incident can be reported via the online form, the Sheriff’s Office “has included several that are typically reported, including scams, property damage, and vandalism,” the release notes.

“Technology that can help us serve more effectively and use our resources more efficiently will benefit everyone,” said Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman in the release. “We are continually seeking innovative ways to make our community safer.”