Police departments continue to expand their use of social media. Just about every local PD uses Facebook and many rely on Twitter to get information out. Now, the Appleton Police Department is taking things a step further and is adding its very own app.
The more than 3,000 Appleton Police Department Facebook fans and the 1,200 plus people who follow the department on Twitter now have a new way to connect with the city's PD. Believed to be the first of its kind in Wisconsin, Appleton Police launched the department's very own free app for iPhone and Android mobile devices today.
"We've got a good following on Facebook and on Twitter," says Sgt. Dave Lund with the Appleton PD. "And it seems to us just that natural progression that the people that are using those that this would be something that they would probably like to use also."
In the works for the past year, the app is interactive and allows users to search unsolved crimes in the city, read department press releases and even search the city's list of most wanted. But that's only the beginning because users can also report a crime, commend an officer, and even connect with other city departments.
Says Sgt. Lund, "It does connect directly to our Facebook and our Twitter sites, also to the City of Appleton's website. So although there's 12 different functions on that it will take people to a lot of different places and give them a lot of information all kind of one stop shopping."
And with a smartphone or some other type of mobile device in just about everyone's hand, the department believes the app is part of the evolution of interacting with residents.
According to Lund, "By having that app out there we can put a lot of information right at someone's fingertips."
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