Westminster residents will be able to access crime bulletins about missing children and composite drawings of suspects in serious crimes on Westminster Police Department's redesigned Web site.
"We wanted to give people more access to information," said police Chief Roger G. Joneckis.
The new Web site was unveiled at a Common Council meeting this week and went online yesterday.
The site features much of the same information as the department's previous Web site, such as a daily log of arrests and crimes, a history of the department and information about and links to community programs. The site also has new features, including:
An address for e-mailing crime tips.
A parking permit form users can download, print and return to the Police Department.
Listings of community events involving police, such as outdoor movies in City Park and Fallfest.
The site was designed pro bono by e.magination of Baltimore.
Joneckis said the department also hopes to add information to the site about how to become a city police officer. "This Web site is going to allow us to put more information in ourselves," he said.
Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff praised the site for delivering more information and being more customer-oriented. "I think it's very exciting," Dayhoff said. "It's very, very customer-service friendly."
Until now, the only way to access the Police Department's Web site was through the city's Web page. Now the site has its own domain name.
The address is www.westmin sterpolice.com.