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New SFPD reporting system 'doing more with less'

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As many of us rely on new technology in our daily lives, the Sioux Falls Police Department is doing what it can to keep up. Cop Logic is the newest addition.

"Rather than have an officer come out and take the report, they can go online at their convenience and do the report," Chief Doug Barthel said.

It's just that easy. The Sioux Falls Police Department web site guides you through to report anything minor in nature from theft to vandalism or harassment.

Chief Barthel says it's easy and saves time.

"The time it takes for an officer to respond to the scene, take up a report, could easily tie up an hour on one report alone. Start to multiply that by thousands a year, it can have an impact," Barthel said.

Some people we met say they're all for it.

"I think it's a good idea. It's quicker, you can get the cops involved faster and it won't take as long," Stephanie Rebelein said.

It's also something that will help the entire department in the long run.

"As we continue to grow, maybe we don't need to add an officer at some point because of the amount of time we'll save. Time will tell," Barthel said. "It's been a long time in the making but we're pleased to have it online and we'll get some good response and usage out of it."

The system cost the department about $20,000 to bring to Sioux Falls and set-up. Most of the money came from grant funding, according to Chief Barthel.

Making a false report is also considered a violation of the state. If an officer finds a fraudulent report, there will be charges filed.

Lastly, if you don't have access to the Internet at any given time to file a report, calling the police will always be an option.

Click the following link to check out the new Cop Logic system or to report a crime:

http://www.siouxfalls.org/police/online-citizen-report.aspx

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