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Sheriff to Citizens saves a trip or a phone call

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The NHC Sheriff's Office has added a helpful new feature to its website, and as a result, New Hanover County public information is now available at your fingertips. Information that used to require a trip to the sheriff's department, or a phone call to the jail, can now be found online. It's part of an initiative called Sheriff to Citizens, and it's as simple as logging on to newhanoversheriff.com. Follow the link on the homepage to get to the Sheriff to Citizens section. Mug shots of those most wanted rotate on the right-hand side of the page. You can click on any of them or on the most wanted list at the top for details on their warrants. At the web site, you are able to scroll through a separate list of more than 1,500 people wanted for everything from passing fraudulent checks - to statutory rape. Every inmate in New Hanover County custody is also listed. You can see what an inmate’s charges are, their current status, and how much it'll cost to bail them out. Deputy Charles Smith explained, "If they have questions on how to do certain things as far as inmate visitation, what they can and cannot send to the inmates, that information is being posted as well." Those answers are on the "frequently asked questions" page, along with everything you need to know about visiting a loved one in jail. Another feature of the site is the community calendar. Smith noted, "Coming up, we've got the Polar Plunge, that benefits the New Hanover County Special Olympics in February, as well as the Big Buddy basketball program; those two events have already been listed on the community calendar." With this site, the sheriff's office hopes to build relations between law enforcement officers, and the community by making everyone aware of what's happening where they live. "I think it shows that the sheriff's office is very aggressive in providing this information to the public, although it is still available through the front desk, the sheriff's office has gone that extra step to make it available through the internet,” said Smith. The Wilmington Police Department has a similar site called Police to Citizens. The main difference in the sites, is that the WPD website deals more with incident and accident reports. Accident reports can be printed directly from the site, making filing an insurance claim easier. And if you're looking to move, you can type in a specific address and see how much crime is happening in the neighborhood. Both sites save a trip or a phone call to law enforcement officers, and both are very user-friendly.

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