The Stephenville Police Department has taken another step in making records easily available to the public.

Last week, the department launched an online system that allows users to obtain crash reports with the click of a mouse, according to Lt. Doug McClammy.

Previously, motorists needing to obtain a copy of a crash report for insurance or other purposes had to do so by visiting the city's public safety building during regular business hours.

Now, records are available around the clock and during weekends and holidays.

McClammy said the reporting system can be accessed by visiting the department's web site, www.stephenvillepolice.org, clicking on the "SPD" menu tab at the top of the home page and selecting "Records."

Users may then choose to purchase the report through the online service, which is powered by www.PoliceReports.us and offers secure payment processing. The cost is $10 per report.

McClammy said the system was implemented to allow individuals who do not have the ability to visit the police department during normal business hours to have access to the reports they need.

He also said records can still be obtained through the department. Request forms may be obtained at SPD headquarters, located at 356 North Belknap Avenue or through the web site. Once the request form is complete, they may be submitted online or by mail for $6. Payments should be made payable to the City of Stephenville.

In most cases, crash reports are available for purchase three to five business days after the accident.

According to the SPD reporting site, Drivers Crash Reports (CR-2), also known as "Blue Forms" are also available through the records web site.

McClammy said the new online system has all 2011 crash reports dating back to Jan. 1 of this year. Individuals needing records from 2010 will have to obtain them directly from the department.

Other valuable information on the SPD website includes details on pet licensing. The city requires all animals, four months or older, be licensed. To receive a license, the pet owner must provide a valid rabies vaccination certificate and pay the required fee - $5 for those that are spayed or neutered and $20 for those that are not. Licenses are valid for one year from the date of issuance. ?