We began work on the app several months ago when we realized it was important to get information to the public in a timely manner, even when they weren’t in front of a computer. The mobile app has a number of the same features you can find on our website, slosheriff.org. Features like inmate information which tells you who’s in custody and visitation hours. And to stay up to the minute with information from the Sheriff’s Office, we’ve included our press releases on incidents happening around the county. You can even set up a notification system to alert you when there’s a new press release that’s been posted. We also have a feature regarding all the different Sheriff’s Office programs like Project Lifesaver, Neighborhood Watch and Crime Stoppers and how you can get involved.
There are a number of features which are new on the app. Our Most Wanted Wednesday feature is one of our more popular segments on our social media platforms. Every Wednesday, we name a person who is wanted by the Sheriff’s Office and a list of their crimes. We find the public likes to help us nab the bad guys and gals. And we couldn’t do it without you. In fact, we have about a 73 percent rate when it comes to capturing these criminals. Now you’ll be able to find that feature on the app.
A couple of the exciting features, which you will only find on the app, are notifications and alerts. You will be able to receive updates on breaking news notifications directly to your phone. For example, if there’s a wildland fire in the area, and you’ve downloaded our app, you’ll be able to receive alerts regarding evacuations that affect you and your family. The notification feature will also let you know about severe weather in the area and what you need to do to ride out the storm.
The app is powered by thesheriffapp.com, which specializes in developing mobile apps for law enforcement agencies around the country. We had specific needs and they were able to integrate them into our app to make it convenient and easy to use with the features we knew the public would want. It gives everyone who downloads the app full control of the information in the palm of his or her hand because it’s highly customizable.
And it’s all in a convenient mobile app designed to provide improved communication with the citizens we serve by providing public safety news and information. It’s just one more way you can stay connected to the Sheriff’s Office.
The best part, it’s free. You can get it on Google Play for Android phones or download it from the App Store for Apple products. Happy apping!