The Montgomery County, Maryland Police Department has launched a new app for local residents. With the app, users can get information from the police department including public safety alerts, press releases, and interact with local crime data.
The application is designed to be a source of public safety information but is not a means for residents to report crimes or other incidents to the police. Individuals should continue to report specific incidents to 911 or 311 as necessary.
“Montgomery County Police” is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for both iPhones and Android devices. The app is free to download.
The app has crime report information from dataMontgomery, the county’s open data portal, that has been rendered on a map so that users can visualize trends down to the block level. The police department is also open to feedback about user experience – individuals can contact the police department via email.
Montgomery County worked with ApexMobile, a software company that provides off the shelf public safety data apps that law enforcement and other first responders can use to communicate with the public. ApexMobile provides 40 pre-configured menus that public safety organizations can use and customize in order to meet the needs of their communities. The apps also allow for departments and offices to add capabilities over time.
In a video announcement, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said that the department launched the app to make it “easier than ever before” to share information with the public and interact with residents.