The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) is offering a new way for people to stay connected with its officers and in touch with crime and safety issues through a new app called “My Police Department” or “MyPD” for short.
The free MyPD app allows users to download an app for their Android or iPhone and easily connect with the police department right from their device.
The secure app has approximately 40 features that users can turn on or off depending on what they want to display at certain times. The MyPD app design is easy to use and supports Police Chief Wayne Scott’s strategy of expanding GPD’s community outreach efforts to better connect with residents, business owners, and visitors.
“The beauty of the MyPD app is that it combines many of our existing communication methods into one easy-to-use platform,” said Crime Prevention Officer E.Y. Watkins. “Another great feature is the push notifications. Users can receive information that we send through Twitter, Facebook or our dashboard – even if they don’t have social media accounts. We encourage users to opt in to messages if they want to be informed quickly of new updates or alerts.”
The app also provides people with information on crime and safety issues by providing links to a number of resources: crime mapping, Crime Stoppers, victim resources, domestic violence help, press releases, missing children, and many more.
Sending in tips about crimes or other quality of life issues is another way the public can use the Greensboro app. It allows the user to either attach their contact information or send it anonymously. Photos and GPS locations of incidents can also be attached from either the phone's gallery or live camera.
Users may also communicate with GPD through an interface that sends e-mails or directly dials to key department personnel.
While the app links to or integrates with some social media, is not another social network. “We have been using social media like Facebook and Twitter for years,” said Watkins. “The MyPD app is not meant to replace those or be another social network. It is a single-source tool for people to communicate with GPD.”
The app includes one fun component where users can “unlock” badges and climb in rank the more they use the app and interact with the police department.
MyPD is free for users, secure, and contains no advertising. Users do not need to share personal information or set up an account to use the app. Any information sharing is optional and, if shared, will help the department to better understand who is using the app, how they found it, and if they live or work in the city.
People looking to connect with Greensboro police should search for “MyPD” in their app store. Once the app is downloaded and Greensboro is selected, the app will always open to GPD and its resources.