PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A local police department is modernizing the way people can report a crime. It’s part of a new initiative centered around community engagement with law enforcement.
The Pittston City Police Department hopes to prevent crime, one QR code at a time. Chief Neil Murphy says the new technology is a way for people to initiate anonymous tips to police.
“All they have to do is use the little QR block on the magnet, they can scan it with their phone or take a picture with their phone, and automatically brings them up to our website,” said Chief Murphy.
Chief Murphy and Officer George Spotts distributed the magnets throughout the city on Tuesday. Mayor of Pittston Michael Lombardo says it’s part of a greater effort to build positive relationships within the community.
“It’s about getting out there, and connecting with the neighborhoods and having them understand who our officers are and communicating better,” said Mayor Lombardo.
The department has several programs centered around community engagement. It gives officers the chance to introduce themselves to residents in a positive light.
“Especially in the neighborhoods when people are outside walking their dogs or just taking their trash inside or out of the house, they see a police officer and it’s a warm, friendly smile now,” stated Chief Murphy.
Chief Murphy says the QR codes are just the first step the department is taking towards innovation.
“We’re in the process of modernizing everything. This is the new way of law enforcement and we plan on changing with it so we can better serve our residents,” said Chief Murphy.
Residents can ask a Pittston City Police Officer for a magnet or stop by the station to pick one up.