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Palo Alto police launch mobile app

Free app consolidates department's content and services in one place

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.

Dubbed Palo Alto Police Department Mobile, the app is available for free in the Apple store for iOS devices and in the Google Play store for Androids.

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.

Comments

Posted by parent, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

To all you soccer moms illegally parking near schools and coffee shops, I plan to use this app to send photos of your minivans to the cops. You are warned.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

This is, of course, a good idea; however, not everyone uses cell phones. It would also be helpful to implement a similar consolidation of useful police access functions on its web-site.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Parent, hope you include the PAPD and PAFD vehicles often blocking near Phils and Safeway.

While you are at it, how about all those trash cans left in bike lanes - often on their sides, usually by our utilities department.


Posted by Judith, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Apr 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

The utilities department does not pick up your trash.


Posted by joinp, a resident of Community Center
on Apr 17, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Can I just add a positive comment? - Thank You for your efforts to reach us on our mobile devices and provide, yet another way, for us to contact our local law enforcement.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

PASCO has gone and since I can't remember the details, since I pay the utilities department to remove my trash, they must be all connected somewhere. Just wish they didn't block the bike paths - whoever they are.


Posted by Mimi, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm

This app is great! Thanks PAPD


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