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WPD Launches Free Consumer-Focused Mobile Application

For Immediate Release: 4/8/2013 2:58 pm

Worcester, MA (April 8, 2013) - Worcester Police Department today announced the launch of a free mobile application that gives the public unprecedented access to the police department. The app helps residents in the City of Worcester stay connected wherever they are by offering mobile access to news, crime maps, social media, alerts, and more. It even allows the public to submit anonymous tips to the department. Anyone can download the application for free through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Marketplace.

As an agency at the forefront of utilizing social media and technological innovation, the Worcester Police Department is proud to present one of the first mobile applications for law enforcement on the East Coast. The app was designed by MobilePD, a Silicon Valley–based start-up company that is developing mobile apps for several other police departments across the country. The easy-to-use interface will provide an unprecedented amount of information to the consumer, instantly.

The creation of the Worcester PD Mobile app represents Chief Gary J. Gemme’s continuing commitment to transparency by providing information through innovative platforms. “This technology is a new way for the community to access current and valuable information wherever they are,” said Chief Gary Gemme. “The features on this app will help engage the public to solve some of our most pressing public safety issues."

The mobile app will provide access to the police department’s scanner feed, online crime maps, videos, photos and social media. In addition, consumers will be able to submit crime tips from their mobile phone and view Nixle alerts.

  • Tips: Provide anonymous crime tips right from your phone.
  • Crime Maps: View real-time crime maps of activity occurring in your neighborhood.
  • News: Get the latest press releases on arrests, crime, updates and events.
  • Videos: Watch video productions on programs and initiatives, events, and behind the scenes glimpses into the department from Worcester Police’s YouTube channel.
  • Photos: View surveillance photos of suspects who police are attempting to identify in connection with recent crimes and browse through photo albums.
  • Alerts: View trusted, instant alerts directly from the Worcester Police Department (integrated with Nixle).
  • Social Media: Stay connected with the Worcester Police Department through Twitter- @WorcesterPD and Facebook-the Official Worcester Police Facebook Page.
  • Scanner: Wondering why the police are in your neighborhood? The live scanner feed will tell you.

Worcester Police officials contacted MobilePD after reading about their successes in creating mobile applications for other Police Departments. “We recognize that people are consuming information in new ways and we believe that the resources offered through this app will help strengthen police-community relations,” Captain Paul Saucier said. “Residents can now access crime maps and listen to the scanner feed to find out where activity is occurring in the city.”

According to new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, nearly half of all U.S. adults get at least some local news and information on their phone. Currently, there are only a handful of other agencies in the nation that have released official mobile applications for their community – securing Worcester Police Department’s reputation as one of the most forward thinking Police Departments in the country.

“We believe that applications like this build bridges between the community and their local government,” MobilePD CEO Kushyar Kasraie said. “We are excited to play a role in connecting Worcester with their police department and assuring there are no barriers to access of information.”

Worcester PD Mobile is available today on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Marketplace by searching for “Worcester PD Mobile” on the respected App Store.

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