Anyone who has a web site that allows visitors to leave or submit messages knows there is an amazing number of people and automated processes (bots) scouring the Internet 24/7 looking to post messages anywhere. These range from rambling political rants to over-the-top advertising for pharmaceuticals. It’s very disheartening to say the least.
So it will be interesting to see how the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office’s new Online Crime Reporting service will cope with the noise. Granted, taunting law enforcement sites doesn’t demonstrate much intelligence but people will do so cloaked by proxy’d IP addresses and the like just because. Site visitors won’t see this but the workers on the back end will and they will need to be able to somehow filter out the mischevious from the valid without running the risk of ignoring bonafide reports.
I also wonder how long this has been in the works. The current Sheriff is facing re-election challenges from within his own ranks and not making use of low-cost technology to address an ever-increasing workload have been high on the list of election talking points. Regardless, this hopefully will work as intended since it definitely is a step in the right direction.