As the the Atlanta Police Department deals with a shortage of officers, a new online system has launched that allows the public to submit reports on a variety of crimes.

According to a media release from the APD, the goal of the new online portal is to help free up officer resources and increasing the accuracy of incidents reported to police. Reports can still be filled by calling 911 and asking for an officer or going into the zone precinct.

The Citizen Online Reporting System (CORS) is now available at the Atlanta Police Department’s website. CORS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and allows crime victims to report select crimes to the police via an Internet-enabled computer or mobile device.

The following crimes can be reported via CORS:
• Custody Order Violations
• Damage to Property (Vandalism)
• Fraudulent Use of Credit Card
• Gas Drive-Off
• Harassing Communication
• Identity Theft
• Lost Property
• Shoplifting
• Supplemental Report – adding additional information to an approved APD report
• Theft (under $10,000) firearms cannot be reported stolen online
• Theft from an outbuilding or storage facility (no suspect or force used)

“The CORS platform is another example of our Department using technology to improve customer service for the people we serve,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “We expect this automated system to make it both easier for people to report crime to us and to free up officer time that can be better spent responding to high-priority calls and providing proactive policing in our communities.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.