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Police calls for service now on city website

Residents interested in the daily activities of the Grand Forks Police Department can now view their daily calls for service log on the city website.

The move came in early August in an effort to boost transparency between the department and the public, according to Lt. Derik Zimmel.

The log shows every call for service in the past week, including the time, location and nature of the call. If the incident resulted in police taking action, the incident report number is listed.

"We knew the data out there was good to go, and that it could be released," he said.

The department began sending a daily log of its activity to local media outlets in June. The Specialized Resource Bureau reached out to the city's internet technology department about getting the list publicized on its website, Zimmel said.

"I think departments are putting a greater focus on not only transparency, but interaction with the community," he said.

So far, the department has not received much feedback on the log, but the reaction it has seen has been mixed, Zimmel said. Some find the information helpful, others haven't liked the move.

The department is likely to continue working on increased communication and transparency on its activities with the community.

"I don't think it ends here," Zimmel said.

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