Lynchburg Police Department launches new website to help engage with the community

The website has multiple resources and data available to residents

Lynchburg Police have a new tool to address crime concerns while trying to gain trust from the community.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Gaining trust with the click of a button.

That’s what the Lynchburg Police Department is hoping to achieve with a newly-launched website targeted towards community engagement.

Lynchburg residents can access data on uses of force, commendations, complaints and crime statistics through this website.

There will also be multiple resources for residents, including information on security assessments, identity theft prevention, community engagement and LPD policies.

“We are pleased to offer a modern, interactive website for our residents and visitors that highlights our many engagements and partnerships with our community and facilitates additional transparency,” said Chief Ryan Zuidema. “It will also showcase the incredible work the women and men of this department do on a daily basis.”

Police said they have been working on this website for over a year now with the goal to give community members an inside look into the department’s practices and procedures.

Zuidema hopes with more information at their fingertips, residents come forward with their own tips.

“Crime in Lynchburg, or in any community, is a community issue and not just a police issue. We have a role, obviously, we’re the primary folks that address that, deal with it, investigate it; but we need our community to come together.”

To access the website, click here.

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