The London Police Department has launched a mobile app new for 2017 that will allow residents to communicate with the department — all from the touch of a finger.
Chief Glenn Nicol said the app, which launched this week, was created to continue efforts to engage with the community. This time, in a more modern way.
Users can view crime maps, read alerts, commend an officer and submit tips regarding crime, drugs or other issues. It also links to the department’s Twitter feed, so users who are not on Twitter can read the same material.
Nicol is most excited about the feature that allows users to submit anonymous tips. Anyone can send in a tip through email or phone, but some are reluctant to do so, he said.
“This way you can download the app, register and submit it anonymously,” he said. “A lot of time we get some information [from tips] that steers us in the right direction.”
“People want to share drug information but not get involved,” Nicol continued. “The tip gives us an idea of where to start, although sometimes if we could talk to the tipster it would help.”
The free app is available with Apple or Android devices. It’s a standard app tailord to fit each department’s specific needs. More than 200 departments are using the app, Nicol said.
The department signed on for a three-year contract. Cost is $400 per year.
To download the app, search for My Police Department and choose the LPD.
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