Lancaster County officials launch CrimeWatch

POSTED 4:15 PM, NOVEMBER 18, 2015, BY CAITLIN SINETT, FOX43.com

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Lancaster County law enforcement agencies have a new way of informing the public about crime.

District Attorney Craig Stedman announced the launch of CrimeWatch at the County Courthouse Wednesday. Eighteen Lancaster County police departments are participating.

Authorities post surveillance photos and other information regarding crimes to the site. People can then use CrimeWatch to submit tips to authorities.

The online tool is free to use, and people can download the mobile app onto their phones.

"Every person that sees a suspect photo is a potential bank of information for the criminal investigator," Stedman said.  "So in a way, we're kind of deputizing every member of the community who uses CrimeWatch. We're asking them to help us help them keep their community safe."

Stedman said CrimeWatch could potentially serve as the fastest and most effective way to share information if there is a local terrorist attack.