Online Resource Gives Residents Access to Crime Data

In partnership with law enforcement agencies throughout Hays County, the San Marcos Police Department is proud to share a new tool that will keep residents informed about arrests and criminal incidents.

The Citizen Connect platform, hosted by Tyler Technologies, is a collaborative effort between the San Marcos Police Department, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the Kyle Police Department, the Buda Police Department, and the Texas State University Police Department. The online platform allows residents to view basic information about incidents. Residents can sign up to receive daily, weekly, or monthly alerts for specific areas, giving them the opportunity to stay up to speed about what’s happening in their neighborhood or near the places they visit every day. 

“The San Marcos Police Department is committed to earning the trust and confidence of the community, which requires transparency and collaboration with all stakeholders,” said San Marcos Police Chief Stan Standridge. “By providing our citizens with timely data about incidents and arrests, they can make informed decisions that contribute to community safety. We’re thankful to our local law enforcement partners for helping us provide this tool to the community.”  

The tool does not provide access to information about incidents in real time. Instead, there is a 24-hour delay to ensure integrity of the data, including that the incident information is verified by the respective department. 

Hays County announced the new tool in a joint release sent Friday, August 18. It’s the first time in Texas that all law enforcement agencies in the same county have shared data on a single platform, giving the agencies a powerful analytical tool and encouraging increased collaboration. 

In the joint release, Hays County Sherriff Gary Cutler commended the law enforcement agencies’ work in creating the tool. 

“The ability for local law enforcement agencies to collaborate and bring this service to the public is a testament to our dedication to our communities,” Cutler said. “All this information is now at the fingertips of individuals looking for current crime trends in their area and beyond. This type of data sharing also allows the law enforcement agencies to see what is happening in other jurisdictions and helps with proactive responses to specific crimes.”

To help residents navigate the new tool, there is an FAQ and How-To guide available on the San Marcos Police Department website. To explore the data and create alerts, visit the Hays County Citizen Connect platform