A website launched this week is giving Hermiston citizens up-to-date crime information from the Hermiston Police Department.

The website allows residents to view mug shots of suspects taken into custody, check a list of stolen vehicles, read the previous day’s log of police activity and see crime patterns in their neighborhood.

Police Chief Jason Edmiston said the website’s Google map shows the type and location of the week’s crimes, providing a “great visual of activity within our city” for residents and the media.

“As with anything new we may experience some bugs with the actual application of this program, but we are looking forward to providing accurate and timely information to those we serve,” he said in a statement.

The “stolen vehicles” and “most wanted” sections of the website don’t have anything on them yet, but Edmiston told the East Oregonian it’s only a matter of time before another vehicle is stolen in Hermiston and lands on the list.

As for the “most wanted” section, Edmiston said he plans to feature people who have committed a “significant crime” and whom the department is actively seeking. The website includes a warning that residents should call the police instead of taking action themselves if they see a stolen vehicle or wanted criminal.

Reported crimes will remain on the map for 30 days before dropping off, but users can create their own data by searching for specific time spans or types of crime. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Department has a similar map on its website.

The Hermiston website can be found at http://hpd.crimegraphics.com.

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