Info-Sharing App Connects Local Pennsylvania Police Departments

The Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes-Barre Township police departments enrolled in a new smartphone application that allows users to receive police alerts and report suspicious activity.

by Charlotte L. Jacobson, The Citizens' Voice / April 28, 2015
(TNS) -- Two local police departments have gone mobile.

The Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes-Barre Township police departments enrolled in a new smartphone application called MobilePatrol that allows users to receive police alerts on their phones and report suspicious activity, among other features.

Both departments announced their collaborative effort to utilize this application on Friday on Facebook, encouraging their followers “to assist (them) in this new progressive endeavor for community-wide information sharing.”

Law enforcement officials are able to set up an account to send alerts about recent police activity and share lists of wanted suspects, active warrants, missing children, registered sex offenders and current inmates in the local prison.

Citizens can create their own accounts and access information from local departments by choosing the neighborhoods they would like to follow. Users can personalize the application to their hometowns, where they work and where their children go to school.

Notifications about local happenings such as road closures, neighborhood alerts, Amber alerts and safety tips from public officials and community members will come through based on the neighborhoods users follow.

The application provides contact information for local law enforcement and the capability to send a thank you note to any police officer, department or dispatcher.

Users can also report crime or suspicious activity through the application, which will notify neighbors or law enforcement and give specifics about the incident.

Within the application, there is also a button to call 911 in case of an emergency.

The application is free to download and is available for both Android and iPhone users in the app store.

©2015 The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.