Technology Talk: Beyond Cost Savings: Online Community Reporting Tools Forge Stronger Community Bonds

Research shows that one of the best ways to improve the bonds be-tween law enforcement agencies and the community members they serve is to foster more community involvement in crime reduction efforts. A 2015 survey of more than 2,000 adults found that community policing efforts enjoy particularly strong support, and a majority of residents are open to working with police. It also found that most residents would welcome greater use of digital communication tools by law enforcement to improve community participation.