"The Pleasanton Police Department is always looking at emerging technologies that enhance the transparency of our department," Capt. Kurt Schlehuber said. "It is important for us to share the work we are doing to keep our community safe."
Residents can use the site to learn more about general or specific local crimes, "from robberies to car accidents." Once a service call is closed, information from the incident is updated in real time, though officials said some "are protected by law and made confidential."
A cursory view of the site shows that residents can isolate their searches to a particular type such as cases, traffic collisions or arrests. They can also look up a specific address and date ranges for reported incidents, as well as outlines of 92 local neighborhoods and five patrol beat areas.
If the site turns up a search match, users can click a pin on a map of where the incident took place and learn more details such as the case number, date and time of day, and responding officer's badge number. Search results are also divided and labeled by type, whether vandalism, theft or a missing person's report.
Users can also view street, heat or choropleth maps for a detailed look at how a particular area compares with crimes reported in other parts of the city.
PPD said it "encourages all citizens to access Citizen Connect and appreciates community feedback to improve the overall user experience," and that the new website is not affiliated with the Citizen mobile app.
The website cannot be used to report a crime; residents with a life or death emergency should call 9-1-1. Non-emergency incidents can be reported to the PPD non-emergency line at 931-5100.
In other news
* A former teacher and track coach at The Athenian School in Danville has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts related to the sexual assault of a 17-year-old former student and will be required to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.
As part of his plea deal last month, 54-year-old Oakland resident Raymond Earl Engeszer was also sentenced by Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Mary Ann O'Malley to 45 days in jail followed by four years of formal probation, and he is prohibited from teaching for the rest of his life.
The survivor was an Athenian alumna and former student of Engeszer's, according to staff at the private school, who said that the crimes occurred after both the teacher and the student had already departed from the school.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the survivor said that Engeszer started grooming her a few months after she turned 16, taking advantage of her when she was in a vulnerable place in life.
"Even this many years later, I struggle to do a full accounting of what Ray's abuse has wrought in my life. This is partly because when I met him, I had already been abused," the survivor told the court. Her name is being withheld in line with Embarcadero Media's policy on identifying survivors of sexual crimes.
"Ray could have been the trustworthy adult figure I needed. Instead, Ray revictimized me and took advantage of my vulnerability. Compounding trauma onto trauma," she said. "As a young person I assumed my feelings of discomfort and violation were the problem, not his behavior. And I wasn't sure what was OK, appropriate or normal."
"I am 25 and I am tired of thinking about it. I am tired of fighting to be seen. I just want a life. I just want to feel safe in my own skin. I want my body to stop fighting itself. I don't think any of this will happen as the result of Ray's conviction. But I hope, if anything, I can stop worrying that it's happening to someone else," she added.
In the wake of the sentencing, Athenian Head of School Eric Niles told DanvilleSanRamon.com, "These crimes against children are devastating and leave me, as a school leader, both deeply sad and angry."
"Mr. Engeszer will now go to jail, although not for long enough in my estimation; become a registered sex offender and be precluded forever from the teaching profession. All of that is appropriate consequence, yet it can't erase the pain he has caused for this young woman. Athenian fully supports her for coming forward and her desire to protect other minors from similar harm. I am so sorry that this happened to her," Niles said in a statement.
Attorney Manisha Daryani, who represented Engeszer, did not respond to a request for comment this week.
Engeszer, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charges last September, accepted a plea deal earlier this year that was approved by the court on March 29.
The former teacher pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a person under the age of 18 and willfully causing harm to a minor.
Prosecutors said the crimes occurred in December 2013.
Officials at Athenian, a private boarding and day school for students in sixth through 12th grades at the base of Mount Diablo in eastern Danville, said that Engeszer had left the school the year before. He was employed as a science teacher and a track coach at the school from the fall of 2009 to 2012.
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