The Lewiston Maine police department has just rolled out it's interactive police log website. The city of Lewiston is one of only 8 cities nationwide to provide this service through RaidsOnline.com. Ok, the name needs a little work, but the police department is hopeful that this new web feature will help Lewiston citizens to know what is going on in their neighborhood and perhaps become more involved with local community watch programs.
The free and easy exchange of information between citizens and police has been shown to help reduce crime in other areas. Lewiston has actually been previously named as an "All American City" and does not have an unusually high crime rate, but the city and police force are taking this proactive step to further improve their efforts. Crime data dating back through 2009 has already been loaded into the system. You can try it out at www.raidsonline.com . Visitors to the site can join "Citizens on Patrol" or even sign up for crime alerts.