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’CopLogic’ will allow public to file their own police reports for certain crimes

Horry County police will soon make a new reporting system available to the public for use. (Source: Horry County Police Department) Horry County police will soon make a new reporting system available to the public for use. (Source: Horry County Police Department)
The CopLogic onlne citizens report system will soon be offered by Horry County police. (Source: WMBF News) The CopLogic onlne citizens report system will soon be offered by Horry County police. (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Police Department is launching a new citizens report program that will allow residents to submit their own police reports for certain crimes that are initially non-violent or do not require evidence to be collected. 

The program is called CopLogic and gives a step-by-step guide to filling out a report for a specific incident.

Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman for the HCPD, said the new online report system allows the department to extend their services in a better way. 

"Sometimes it's an inconvenience for people to have to wait for a police officer when all they need is a quick report of a lost ID card or something of that nature, and all they need is a quick report so they can get a new ID," Denis said.

The IT Department is designing the program to be a user-friendly system.

"If you got home from work or something, you could sit at your computer, and log in to this and produce your own police report," Denis said.

Residents will be allowed to enter reports for identify theft, vehicle break-ins, trespassing and various other incidents. 

Denis said once a person selects the offense, the system will walk them through the next steps and allow them to enter a description of the incident and the property, if is is applicable. 

The report will then be automatically sent to an officer for approval. Once it's approved, there will be an automatic email sent back to the person with a link that informs them the report has been approved. 

Denis said the report must meet specific law enforcement standards before it is approved. He added it is the same information that would be filled out by an officer if they responded to the call. 

After creating the initial report, photos, serial numbers and any other additional information can be added. 

Denis, however, said CopLogic doesn't take away from police presence, adding the program is just a convenient option for residents.

"People who want to see a police officer or need to see a police officer will still be able to say, 'No, I want to see a police officer,'" he said.

The system will first be introduced to lost prevention officers and retail management at several local big box stores, like Wal-Mart and Target. 

"They see a lot of foot traffic and it is a regular instance of shoplifting and trespassing that happens with the stores," Denis said. "These are incidents that takes an officer off the street for a while. But with the system, the stores will be able to fill out this report on their own." 

HCPD also wants to make sure the system is functioning properly and iron out the kinks before releasing it to the general public. 

Denis said the new system is just another step of keeping up with technology to provide better services to citizens of Horry County.

"Anything that will help us do our job, anything that will help us get the services out quicker and better is obviously something we want to move towards," Denis said. 

CopLogic will be used at retail stores for about 30 days. The program is expected to be available to the entire public within the next 60 days. 

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