Do you ever wish there was an app where you could quickly voice a safety concern? The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has a free app that gives you easy access to submit tips and photos, receive alerts, and locate stations, anytime, anywhere.
In May 2016, the SLMPDMobile App was launched by the department. This app is a crime-fighting application which allows citizens to submit tips, report crimes and request city services from the City of St. Louis Citizens’ Service Bureau. The app was developed by MobilePD, Inc., and can be accessible on IOS and Android. The SLMPD is the first law enforcement agency in Missouri to release a public engagement app and the second major city in the United Stated to launch MobilePD’s new real-time citizen reporting platform.
This app was developed in an effort to increase transparency and openness with the community, with the ultimate goal of increasing crime tips from citizens. On the app you have access to submit an anonymous tip to be the eyes and ears of SLMPD. When submitting a tip, you have the option of selecting from an array of categories such as panhandling, theft, suspicious activity, graffiti, murder, sexual assault, robbery, assault, abuse, drugs, weapons, gun shots, noise complaint, and even to commend an officer or complain about an officer misconduct. Tipsters have the option to include their GPS location, text a photo and have a secure two-way chat with officers. There are additional features such as emergency push notifications alerts, finding a list of all SLMPD stations and a directory, reading the Chief’s blog, signing up for Periscope to get a direct link to the SLMPD feed, accessing Twitter, Facebook, Videos, and Instagram to follow SLMPD on social media, and the ability to submit requests for various city services to the Citizens’ Service Bureau.
This app gives the St. Louis community an opportunity to work together and make the City of St. Louis a safer place for families and neighborhoods.
To access the SLMPD website visit: https://www.slmpd.org/index.shtml
*This information was gathered from the SLMPD website and Apple’s App Store
Cristal Campocasso – Safety & Security Intern