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NJ's Monmouth County Sheriff Launches Notification App
In another of the growing examples of local public safety agencies providing smart phone applications with which to contact law enforcement and/or emergency services, Sheriff Shaun Golden of Monmouth County (NJ) wants residents of his County to have emergency notifications and public safety information at their fingertips. The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Application (app) is designed for Android and iOS platforms and can be downloaded for free.
“The top priority of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is to protect and serve those who live and work in this great county in an effective and efficient manner,” said Sheriff Golden.
The recently released app provides instant access to sheriff’s office related information, which includes real-time emergency notifications through its integrated push notification system that automatically displays the message on the phone. Users are able to be instantly alerted to weather, or other emergency related situations, from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the agency’s Office of Emergency Management. The app also provides social media links, contact information, local weather, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office news and events calendar, as well as “Text Ur Tip,” the Monmouth County Correctional Institution’s Inmate Search, Amber Alerts, OEM information, 511 Traffic updates, and Sheriff’s Foreclosure sales. In addition, the app features the top ten most wanted fugitives in Monmouth County.
“It can be challenging during emergency situations to provide consistent, official messages to a large group of residents. In addition to social media and our website, this app is another tool we can utilize to keep the public informed,” said Sheriff Golden.
According to a recent survey by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, 83 percent of 1200 law enforcement professionals reported using social media to further their investigations, and, more than two thirds believe social media helps solve crimes more quickly.
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office App is available for free for all Android smartphones, and Apple iPhones and iPods. The app can be found in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. The app was developed by the technology firm OCV, LLC.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Monmouth County Sheriff, 11/4/13)