Starting next week, the Alameda Police Department will begin accepting police reports online.
Only certain types of crimes will be eligible for online reporting; to be reported online, the crime must not be in progress, must have no suspect leads and no witnesses, and have no evidence to be collected. Further, the alleged crime must have occurred in Alameda, and the reporting person must have a valid e-mail address.
The Alameda Police Department provided the following as examples: Annoying Phone Calls, Auto Burglary, Identify Theft, Lost Property, Theft and Vandalism. In many cases, there will be no investigative leads, but insurance company, or other, requirements demand that a police report be filed.
Alameda police expect that online filing will save complainants time by not having to make a trip to the police station and wait for an officer to take a report.
Online reports will be reviewed and approved by Alameda police, after which they can be printed online for free.
The system will go live on June 4th, at www.AlamedaPolice.org