BRIMFIELD — A partnership between the Brimfield Police Department and Frontline Public Safety Solutions has shifted the department's long-running Vacation Watch program into the 21st century.

Residents may now go to the department's website at brimfieldpolice.com to file an online Vacation Watch request. That request is then transmitted in real time to officers, who will check on residents’ property while they are away to make sure it is secure.

"We're very cognizant of the community-engagement piece" of local policing, Police Chief Roy Mosley said, and providing the service can help ensure security and peace of mind for residents who go on vacation.

Previously, the Vacation Watch program was a "paper and pen" one: Residents would have to call the police department to make a request, and a copy of the request would be placed in a folder for patrol officers, Mosley said. 

"It was kind of haphazard," he said. "It was functional, but not efficient."

With the new system, officers on patrol get the requests immediately when they log into the mobile data terminals in their squad cars. The online requests are secure, safe, won't get lost and are centralized and streamlined, Mosley said.

For more information or to file a request, visit www.brimfieldpolice.com.

Reporter Dave O'Brien can be reached at 330-298-1128, dobrien@recordpub.com or @daveobrien_RC.