The Nassau County Police Department in New York adopted a new accident reporting system that automates the process and makes the reports publicly available online. The system, called eCrash and developed by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, includes analytics that will allow police to identify areas prone to crashes.

“Like many police departments, Nassau County is facing budget cuts and must establish programs that help us better serve our citizens,” said Inspector Ed Horrace of the Nassau County PD. “With more than 2,550 police officers serving a population over 1.3 million, Nassau County PD has one of the largest support areas in the country.  This system decreases the amount of time and resources required internally to manage the accident report process, which helps us increase our ‘feet on the street’ to further public safety.”

Reports found online can be purchased, decreasing walk-in and mail order requests. The online reports can also be accessed by other agencies that need access to crash reports.

“Nassau County PD writes and files roughly 39,000 accident reports per year, the majority of which are requested by involved parties or insurance companies. Prior to eCrash, the department had to dedicate staff to find, print and mail physical copies of these reports when requested,” said Roy Marler, vice president, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “eCrash enables this to be done electronically, creating significant efficiencies for the department.”

The department received the system from the vendor for no charge.