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MyPD WiredBlue Police App

November 02, 2014 10:00 ET

My Police Department, the App Connecting Citizens to Law Enforcement, Announces New Updates Further Improving Citizens' Resources

Nearly 200 City and Town Police Departments Now Using App

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - November 02, 2014) - Last week, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference, WiredBlue, a Boston area civic startup founded in 2011, unveiled the latest version of the My Police Department (MyPD) app. This new version is a major update of the app. The MyPD app currently serves the citizens of almost 200 law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada.

"With this latest version we overhauled MyPD's user interface, added and improved features, and are the first law enforcement app to use gamification," said WiredBlue Founder, Peter Olson.

The My Police Department app's primary features support law enforcement agencies and the public they serve. These include:

  • Real-time push notifications and alerts via twitter or other channels
  • Information on topics of; victim resources, press releases, domestic violence, local traffic, drug resources, most wanted, cold cases, and more
  • Information about missing children across the state
  • Ability for citizens to send in questions or concerns, along with photos and GPS location

"The MyPD app gives our community immediate access to their police department like never before," said Stephanie Slater, public information officer for the Boynton Beach (FL) Police Department. "So many of our residents are using it to submit crime tips and thank officers for their assistance. We are excited for what our new version has in store for the citizens of Boynton Beach."

While the app is not a social media network, it does have some social aspects to it and has added a new key feature where users can "unlock" and share badges. The app user can climb in rank and unlock new badges the more they interact with the agency. This approach is a first for a public safety type app.

"We are excited to provide users our new version of MyPD," said Deputy Chief Marty Cohan of the Peabody Massachusetts Police. "Our number of app users has grown now to a few thousand."

WiredBlue is also the company behind the Police Innovation Conference, hosted by the Cambridge Police Department at Microsoft. The civic startup also developed Public Safety Web Design which builds cost-effective and secure websites for police departments.

About WiredBlue: WiredBlue's (http://wiredblue.co) mission is to improve police and public safety technology and promote better public communication.

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