DAWSON, GA (WALB) - The Dawson Police Department has recently introduced the community to a new website that gives residents a behind the scenes look at crime reported around their neighborhood.
Officers said it's a trend among departments across the nation: police departments showing people what's really going on.
Hearing the sirens of a patrol car is one thing, but being able to track crimes on a digital map may give residents a better picture of what's truly happening in town.
Dawson Assistant Police Chief Tommy Poupard said, "They think they know what's going on in the community. But we found that they really don't know."
So the Dawson Police Department researched a new site called "Raidsonline.com," which gives people the power to see all incidents reported at no cost.
"It's the transparency," said Poupard. "Everybody wants to know, 'What is the police department doing?' And this is a great way for them to find out."
The map shows reports of homicide, aggravated assault, robberies, and even complaints of a neighbor's dog barking too loudly.
In just a couple of clicks, it's all there.
The site even allows users to see crime over a certain period of time.
In the upcoming months, the department wants to encourage everyone to take advantage of the new technology.
"At first it may scare them because they're going to see all of this is going on," said Poupard. "But then we can say, 'Yes, but here's what you need to be looking at."
Poupard said the site encourages folks to be more aware of their surroundings.
He plans to have a training session to teach residents how to access and use the site.