The Haverhill Police Department recently unveiled its new website, enabling residents to view arrest logs and maps of high crime areas, submit tips and learn about available addiction services.
Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro says the department has been developing the new site for more than a year at a modest cost of about $5,000.
“We knew what was important to the public. We wanted to make it easily accessible. If you have a problem or questions about animal control, for example, it’s all there for you. We just thought it was a better and more thoughtful way to put the information out there. It’s more relatable to the public,” he says.
The new website at haverhillpolice.com allows users to choose between languages, read a description of each division, learn about the sex offender registry and choose from such forms as the “Do Not Knock” registry, complaints or parking ticket appeals.
“We as an entity, the Police Department, we are responsible for putting out information. We’re the ones that puts information out about public safety issues. It’s all basic information everyone needs,” the chief adds.
Next up, DeNaro says, the department will revamp its mission statement. He says there will be no revelations, but rather a reflection of evolving times. “The mission statement is another way to let people know what you’re trying to do and the importance of those things.”