Suffolk County residents now have access to “crime stats right in your living room” via the police department’s website, officials said Tuesday.
Commissioner Timothy Sini said he hopes convenient public access to a range of crime statistics will increase the department’s transparency and build trust.
Comprehensive statistics were previously only regularly available at community police meetings. The records now available online — from violence offenses to property crimes — are reported to the FBI and date back 25 years.
“Today marks the dawn of a new era of transparency and open dialogue . . . ,” Sini said. “This is the people’s department and this initiative is an important step toward fostering that critical relationship between the hardworking men and women of the Suffolk County Police Department and the public.”
Residents can access the information at suffolkpd.org by clicking on the red “crime statistics” tab at the bottom of the home page.
So-called Index Crimes — murder/manslaughter, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and car theft — will be available for comparison to prior years for each of the department’s seven precincts. People who aren’t sure what precinct they live in can consult a map on the website.
The statistics will be updated monthly with year-to-date figures available, officials said.
Links will be available to the state’s Sex Offender Registry, New York State Unified Court System and the Division of Criminal Justice Services Greenbook, which provides access to crime stats for other state jurisdictions.
Sini said the department took a “hard look” at how the NYPD makes crime statistics available on its website during the planning for Suffolk’s initiative.
In the future, residents may be able to pull up crime statistics that are even closer to home by entering their ZIP code, Sini said.