The Palo Alto Police Department's latest tech-forward effort is a free mobile app, launched Tuesday, that provides immediate access to the latest news as well as crime maps, urgent alerts, video and photo content and other features.
The app consolidates all of the department's content and services in one place: press releases, an anonymous tip-submitting feature, "one-click" access to its Twitter and Facebook accounts, links to its YouTube channel and Flickr account with an "array" of photo albums, including one with sketches and/or photos of outstanding suspects. The app will send users push alerts to notify them of any urgent news.
Police said the app is not meant to replace, but rather supplement all of the department's pre-existing channels of information.
"We're thrilled for our community to have this new way to interact with us and to access our public information," said Police Chief Dennis Burns. "This app is a one-stop shop for information from our department. It's another way for us to be as transparent as we can, and it gives us another method to put news and critical public safety updates right into the hands of anyone who may want it."
The app was designed by MobilePD, a Sunnyvale-based software company that develops mobile applications specifically for law enforcement.