CHENEY, Wash. -- A group of Eastern Washington University students revamped Crime Check’s website to make it easier for the public to report crimes. Crime Check said the work would normally cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The three students spent more than five months doing a complete overhaul of the old website. The revamp was part of the senior project that all seniors had to do. Eastern Students do these projects three times a year, and the students’ computer science professor said that community service is a big factor.
“In this day and age of severely limited budget, there’s so many things you’d like to be able to do, but the resources aren’t there,” said Tom Capaul, a computer science professor. “So this is clearly a win-win situation. We have resources here in terms of our students who have some amazing skills and they need to put them to use before they go out into the industry.
“For us it’s the learning experience,” said recent graduate and website designer Jeremy Turner. “When we started this, none of us had any experience with websites at all. Jake is just absolutely a wizard when it comes to networking,” he added about his fellow students, “and Josh built a database that was absolutely incredible. It’s going to help Crime Check archive all the information from the website.”
Crime Check said its old website was slow, hard to navigate, and would only receive about 20 crime reports per month as a result. They reported nearly twice those numbers two weeks after they debuted the new site.