The Montgomery County Department of Police has launched a new smartphone application which is available on both the Apple IOS and Android platforms.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to provide community members with the best police service, the Department is excited to announce the release of our new mobile app,” said Police Chief Thomas J. Manger in a video about the app released by the department. “We have made it easier for our residents to stay informed about their police department, stay informed about significant events that have occurred in their neighborhood, view information about specific crimes and crime trends, obtain recent arrest information, and learn about career opportunities in public safety.”
The app contains direct phone links to the police department’s 9-1-1 emergency line as the non-emergency phone line.
“The response to the app from the public has been very positive,” said MCPD spokesperson Corp. Rebecca Innocenti. “We have received some emails from the public saying that they think the app is great, but we are certainly looking at any comments or suggestions that people have regarding the app. The information on this app can be found in other public areas, and all the data on the app on the app can be located by other means. What our app does is puts all that information easily in one place.”
When the app was released on Monday it had a function which allowed users to peruse a list of recent arrests; the list was culled from the DataMontgomery.org website which is available to the public. However, Innocenti said that function has been temporarily removed from the app due to technical issues pulling the data from DataMontgomery.org.
MCPD reminds residents that while the app has easy links to the phone numbers, residents are not able to report crimes via the app. “Residents should always call 911 in an emergency situation and 301-279-8000 in a non-emergency situation.”
Residents wanting the download the app to their mobile IOS or Android devices can go to the Apple App Store or the Google Play store. Innocenti said that the Department is constantly looking for ways to improve the app. If residents have a suggestion or comment, they are asked to email the Montgomery County Police Department App Team at MCP.APP@montgomerycountymd.gov.