Chico police introduce new programs, technologies

Sep 21, 2015 3:20 PM by News Staff

The Chico Police Department introduced several new programs that Chief Mike O’Brien says will help the department get better connected with the community, and crack down on chronic crime.

During a news conference Monday morning, the department introduced its new ‘Target Team’, a group of four officers led by Sergeant Scott Zuschin.

According to the department, the group will be focusing on chronic crime, and quality of life issues through creative problem solving. The team will begin by specifically addressing some of the crimes and issues that accompany Chico’s homeless population, such as bicycle thefts, and pollution.

The department also announced that they are joining, a social network that provides a platform for neighbors to communicate with each other on a number of topics, including neighborhood crime.

Police say is a tool they can use to get ahead of crime, and they’re asking residents to sign up. The website is free, and will require that residents verify the neighborhood they live in.

In a continued push for more community policing, the department also unveiled a new smartphone app Monday. The app will provide Chico residents with better access to the department, and feature phone and email directories, as well as crime maps, tip lines, and the ability to self-register bicycles.

The app is still in development, but is expected to be available in a few weeks. Residents can download the app by searching for the “Chico Police Department” in the iTunes, and Google Play stores.


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