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Sheriff’s Office launches crime data webpage

February 14, 2014

The Citizen RIMS link on the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office website allows residents to track crime by location (above), view recent arrests and see reports of currant stolen vehicle and missing persons cases. File image

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office took steps this week to simultaneously reduce costs and provide the public with easier access to current crime-related information.
On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office launched a new, online Citizen RIMS program that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere looking for information from the department, freeing staff from having to process those requests over the phone or in person.
Available at the Inyo County Sheriff’s website, http://www.inyocounty.us/so/, RIMS lets residents and local media access a seven-day arrest record, a list of current inmates at Inyo County Jail, crime statistics and much more.
“Citizen RIMS has the benefit of not only aiding the public and media in acquiring Inyo County crime data, but also in reducing the amount of personnel time involved in requests for information,” said Sheriff Bill Lutze. “Now through Citizen RIMS, local crime data is just a click away.”
One tab on the Citizen RIMS website allows residents to view all arrests made by the Sheriff’s Office in the past week, which residents can access to find out if and why a friend or family member may have been arrested.
According to Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “The general public needs more real-time data. Relatives call all the time about family and loved ones, wanting to know if someone was arrested and what the charges are.”
Roper explained that the website only carries arrest information from the past seven days, but sheriff’s staff can look up any historical information residents may need.
The list of Inyo County Jail inmates on the site also includes the charges that were filed against each inmate, as well as the arresting agency, bail amount and booking photos – just click on the inmate’s name.
An incident mapping feature on the site allows residents to see crime trends in their area by providing a map of the county with pins showing what crimes were committed and where. “The public will be able to view historical calls for service based upon a selected date span,” Roper said. “The incident mapping feature is not real-time data; however, it is automatically updated throughout the day.” She added that residents interested in seeing what, if any, crimes have been committed in their neighborhood can do so on Citizen RIMS.
Under the “Crime Charts” tab, residents can compare crime statistics throughout the county with past years and see if any particular type of crime is on the rise.
For example, the page shows that robberies were down drastically in 2013 when compared to 2012, and more vehicle thefts were reported last year than the year before.
While there are only 2012 and 2013 statistics on the site currently, Roper said that the site will build on that in the future.
Citizen RIMS also includes a list of local missing persons and stolen vehicles that have been reported. Currently, there is one missing person listed: David Gary Tenorio, 42, who was reported missing in 2011.
There are also two stolen vehicles listed: a 2001 Honda Four Trax that was reported stolen in November 2013 and a 1986 Kawasaki that was reported missing in January of this year.
The site also features an Inyo County “Most Wanted” list. That tab is currently empty. Roper said she did not know if there simply aren’t any listings for wanted subjects in Inyo County, or if that portion of the site has yet to be updated.
Through Citizen RIMS, residents also have access to the Sheriff’s Office’s daily activity logs.
Anyone who is interested in keeping up to date on the Sheriff’s Office’s activities can sign up for email updates from Citizen RIMS on a daily or weekly basis.
Roper said that it is clear that the system will help reduce the amount of staff time that goes into answering specific questions from the public, but she added that it is unclear exactly how much time is spent fielding those questions. She did say that virtually every law enforcement agency in the county, from Probation and the District Attorney’s Office, to deputies and investigators, will benefit.
“The whole idea is to get information out to the public and streamline the process with no bottlenecks when it comes to answering questions,” Roper said.

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