2006-01-05 / News

Island police department launches its own Web site

By Donna K. Drago

The Jamestown Police Department this week launched its own Web site that is accessible through the town’s Internet site at www.jamestownri.net/police.

Acting Police Chief Lt. Bill Donovan credited Officer Derek Carlino with designing and compiling information for the site that can answer frequently asked questions, send e-mail to every member of the force, and notify residents in advance of potential parking bans, like in the case of closing roads for fireworks or parades.

Under the frequently asked questions link, residents can learn how to get a VIN check for a registration, or find out how to get help installing a child safety seat. There is also information about being fingerprinted to fulfill employment requirements and how to obtain accident reports.

“We’ll try to keep the information updated,” Donovan said, noting that when there is a question not listed on the Web site, residents are always invited to call the station for information.

The site includes information about all the equipment owned by the department, which currently includes a fleet of nine Ford cars and trucks, as well as two boats operated by the harbormaster’s office.

There is a section on animal control that tells residents what to do if they lose their pet, as well as what will happen to the pet if it is picked up by the animal control officer, Donovan said.

The site also notes that when a dead animal is found on someone’s property, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to dispose of it, but when animals are suspected of being rabid, they are the responsibility of the animal control officer.

Donovan said that crime and arrest records will not be available on the Web site.

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