Keeping up to speed with public safety affairs has never been so easy.
The Peabody police announced on Monday that a new version of its MyPD smartphone app is now available for iPhone and Android devices.
New features include a redesigned interface, new options to retrieve information and updates from FEMA, the National Weather Service, and the National Terror Advisory System, as well as push notifications information on wanted persons and sex offenders, and links to videos and blog posts.
“These new features are a great addition to our MyPD app,” Deputy Chief Marty Cohan said in a statement. “We can now push out notifications and alerts to the public, and the public has a variety of ways to contacts us and give us feedback.
“The goal of our MyPD app is to give our public a one stop app option with plenty of features.”
The app, which features no advertisements, can be downloaded for free by searching for My Police Department or MyPD in the iPhone or Android marketplace.
Like the original version, users are able to check the latest department news, submit tips, feedback and concerns, and more, for Peabody as well as departments in other cities and states.
“Our app’s crime tips or questions and feedback features allows a user to choose a topic from the forms dropdown menu that best suits them, and that message will then be routed to the correct officer.” Cohan said. “Forms can be sent anonymously to the department, but we encourage an email address or phone number if you would like a response. Users also have the availability to upload photos with the app tip and feedback forms. “
As is the case with police email, tip sites, and social media, the MyPD app is not for any type of emergency situation. The Peabody police attempt to review all messages in a timely fashion, but do not always monitor messages and activity at all times. The app is for routine questions and information sharing. The method for reporting emergency situations is always to dial 9-1-1.
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