Police put incident reports online

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Police Department is now offering an online option for residents seeking to file incident reports.

The Web-based reporting system will allow the public to file certain reports online at their convenience, “without having to wait for an officer to respond or call them back,” department spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said.

The report will be reviewed by police personnel and, once approved, the filing person will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost. The report will transfer into GCPD’s record management system and receive “the same investigation and statistical analysis ability” as if it had been filed by a police officer on scene, Ritter said.

Eligible incidents include: theft by taking, entering auto, identity fraud, criminal trespass, second-degree criminal damage to property and theft of lost or mislaid property.

Reports may only be filed if the incident occurred in Gwinnett County and not within the limits of a city with its own police department, if there are no known suspects or suspect vehicle descriptions, and if the theft of a firearm is not involved.

“The Web-based reporting option will allow more officers more time to address the community needs while keeping pace with the public expectancy to complete services via the Internet,” Ritter said.

For more information or to file a report, visit www.gwinnettpolice.com and click on the highlighted link for “Citizens Online Police Reporting System.”