Clearlake Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with 47 employees, including 25 sworn peace officers. Their staff works around the clock to provide exceptional service to the citizens of Clearlake with a mission to enhance public safety by providing professional, trustworthy service, in partnership with the community.
When COVID-19 caused communities to ramp up safety and reduce social contact, Clearlake PD recognized that some of their existing processes, such as in-person records requests and non-emergency crime reports, would need to change to ensure the health of both officers and the community they serve. Their leadership reached out to frevvo for help - and within just a few weeks, they had online forms up and running.
Clearlake PD transitioned their paper forms for Non-Emergency Crime Reports, Code Enforcement Violation Reports, and Police Report Requests to digital forms which users can access through the PD’s website and complete from the safety and convenience of their home or even from their mobile device. The online forms not only reduce risk, but are faster to fill out, ensure all required information is complete prior to submission, and provide automation like emailing the community member a copy of their request. Online forms reduce paper waste and staff time in processing forms, such as time spent filtering out responses that don’t meet requirements. For example, before submitting a non-emergency crime report, the user must certify that their report meets certain criteria such as occurring within the city limits and having an unknown offender.
By collecting submissions digitally, Clearlake PD can also easily run reports filtered by form data for tracking purposes and efficient officer assignments. Additionally, Clearlake has integrated their digital forms with their Code Enforcement database and Police Records Management System database, streamlining end-to-end processes. These benefits will continue to help Clearlake PD better serve their community long after the public health crisis has resolved.