Holly Springs crime data now online

County service publishes basic police reports

akenney@newsobserver.com June 19, 2012 

— Basic information on local crime is now available online through a county-managed program called P2C.

A few clicks of the browser will tell you that Vine Street saw a string of break-ins this month, mostly targeting electronics, or you could learn about the local man arrested for assaulting a government official.

It’s “just another opportunity for us to reach out and provide timely information,” said Lt. Will Quick, of the Holly Springs Police Department.

The site, which serves a number of area towns, will tell the date, location and type of criminal incidents, along with the names of the arrested and any seized or stolen objects. It does not offer specific narrative details, such as a burglar’s means of entry into those Vine Street vehicles.

“The narrative is part of the investigative process, and it is not public information,” Quick said. State law does not require the release of such information, Frayda Bluestein, a University of North Carolina professor agreed.

In rare cases, Quick said, the town also may temporarily withhold reports of the most serious crimes, such as murders or rapes, that are under investigation; in such cases, the Holly Springs Police Department would release information through the town’s information office.

On typical days, the department will post four or five incident reports to P2C, which has been operational since mid-May. The site does not list traffic accidents from Holly Springs, though it may eventually do so.

“Everything we do should be posted on there within a couple hours to a day,” said Jeff Wilson, the town’s information technology director. “It’s the same report they’d give you if you walked into the police department.”

Holly Springs gained access to the service when its police department and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office upgraded their police data management systems. Knightdale, Zebulon, Wendell and Garner also route their crime reports through the new county site.

In western Wake County, Cary, Morrisville and Apex publishes crime data on their official town websites, while Fuquay-Varina does not.

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