Why a new Protect San Jose?

About five months ago, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association partnered with local community leaders to launch a new website and blog called Protect San Jose.  The idea was to share the perspectives of city officials as well as those of community leaders and neighborhood activists in order to present a complete picture of public safety in our city.

As such, regular blog contributors like Ed Rast and Kathleen Flynn have shared their views alongside San Jose City Councilmember Pete Constant, Attorney General Jerry Brown, Assembly Majority Leader Alberto Torrico, and Attorney General candidate Chris Kelly.

In its first five months, Protect San Jose has already built a loyal following of readers and commenters.  It has provided well-rounded perspective on the quality of life in San Jose and how we can all help to improve it.  Most importantly, Protect San Jose has opened a new line of dialogue between police and the community we serve.  Now, we’re ready to take the next step...

This week, we’re relaunching the site with a new look and some technological upgrades that will allow you to interact with Protect San Jose in new and exciting ways:

  • You can now use Protect San Jose to report non-emergency crimes through your mobile smart phone.  If you visit this site on your iPhone, you can click on a link on our home page to submit a report that will be processed by the appropriate city official.

  • We’ve incorporated a new crime map widget that allows you to use this interactive tool without leaving Protect San Jose.

  • Our popular blog has also been fully integrated into ProtectSanJose.com so you won’t have to leave our site to read full blog posts or search the archive.

  • Building on a reader favorite, you can now submit questions directly to regular bloggers Beat Cop and Ed Rast through the simple forms you’ll find on the right side of this page.  Feel free to ask Beat Cop or Ed anything that’s on your mind.  The answer to your question might appear in a future blog.

There will be more updates and new tools to come.  In the meantime, enjoy the new Protect San Jose!

Comments

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Looks good!

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Impressive new site. I hope you continue the content too. I like reading other perspectives that I don't get from the slowly dying newspaper or from the powers that be at City Hall.