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Bell County C.R.I.M.E.S program to hold community engagement meeting on March 7

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 12:15:30-05

TEMPLE. TX — The Bell County C.R.I.M.E.S program is holding a community engagement meeting on March 7 at the Temple public library.

Members of the C.R.I.M.E.S. Organization and the Bell County Sheriff's Department will be present to meet the community, hear comments and answer questions about C.R.I.M.E.S.

Sheriff Eddy Lange signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a local corporation to create a virtual neighborhood watch program for Bell County called the Community Related Information Management Exchange System (C.R.I.M.E.S.) in April 2019.

The program works in coordination with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department to collect information from the community about potential criminal activity in an attempt to link raw data to other criminal events.

The information from the community is collected online here.

This information is then analyzed, linked and stored with other information to provide a record of community concerns that might otherwise be forgotten or deemed that no further action will be taken by law enforcement, such as when a suspicious person or vehicle is gone on the arrival of the police.

The C.R.I.M.E.S. program provides the Sheriff’s Department with a way to search the C.R.I.M.E.S. database for information involving a data set which may solve or prevent a criminal event.

The meeting will be held in the McLane room located on the 2nd floor, which is accessed by the indoor elevators inside the library. Free public parking is in the lower level on N. 3 rd St. or the upper level on N. 1st St.

Free beverages and snacks will be provided. Seating is limited, so please register for the event at https://bellcountycrimes.org on the Events tab.