By LeaAnne Klentzman
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is now offering an online offense reporting service. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has unveiled a new service to residents in the unincorporated area of Fort Bend County. ”
Residents now may utilize the Online Offense Report Service which can be found on the Sheriff’s Office webpage located on the Fort Bend County website. Haenel explained that the site is an opportunity for citizens to file reports from anyplace that has internet access, he even said one could print out the report for their own records.
However, he did express that internet reporting is not the way to notify law enforcement of an emergency, a crime in progress or a case involving an injury, those crimes still need to be reported through the 911 system. Further, any other incident that required the response of a deputy, citizens can still call the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch/non-emergency number at 281-341-4665.
Haenel identified the three criterias required to use the internet service: 1) the incident had to have occurred in the unincorporated area of Fort Bend County 2) It must NOT be an emergency 3) There can NOT be any known suspects involved.
The examples of crime identified as fitting the criteria were burglary, construction theft, credit/debit card abuse, criminal mischief/graffiti, harassment, identity theft, lost property and theft.
He said, “All cases filed using the Citizens Online Police Reporting system will be reviewed by sheriff’s office investigators. If further investigation is required, participants may be contacted.” Each report will be assigned a specific case number he said.
Haenel said to access this service go to the county’s website www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. The sheriff’s page can be found under Quick Links and follow the directions.