It’s every Police Chief’s worst nightmare: a police department that is under staffed and under budget. And until recently, cities had no real funding for advancing technology with their citizens. Then the BobCOP system was introduced, giving cities, municipalities, and ordinary citizens a vital communication tool to be used for reporting non-suspect crimes and tips with complaints and much more by using the Internet. And now, to assist cities and law enforcement agencies in signing up, BobCOP has secured over six million dollars in grant money specifically earmarked to allow cities to initially sign up and take advantage of the Mobile Ready System.
If you’ve ever had to call the police for something minor, then you know the drill: A citizen calls the police with a relatively minor complaint (barking dog, prank phone calls, minor vandalism, etc), and the police send someone out within a few hours or even days to ask questions and gather the facts. Typically, an investigation is not done then and there – the officer is merely present to gather the “who, what, where, and when.” Then the officer takes this information back to the station and, if warranted, an investigation begins.