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New Westminster Police Department launches free consumer-focused mobile application

New Westminster – Today the New Westminster Police Department announced the launch of MobilePD, a free mobile application that gives the public unprecedented access to the police department. The app helps New Westminster citizens stay connected wherever they are by offering mobile access to news, crime maps, social media, alerts, and more. Anyone can download the application for free through the Apple App Store and the Google Play Marketplace.

“The number of people who rely on smartphones is growing,” said Inspector Todd Matsumoto. “In addition to communications, citizens are using apps for banking, shopping, news, and sports scores. We have to be where the conversations are happening. It makes sense for the New Westminster Police Department to develop an app and move forward in a way that we connect with the public.”

The app was designed by MobilePD, a Silicon Valley–based start-up company that is developing mobile apps for several other police departments across the country. The easy-to-use interface will provide an unprecedented amount of information to the consumer on the go.

“With this app we are able to send push notifications,” said Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “For instance, if there is a missing person or a traffic collision, we’re able to send the details instantly to your smartphone. This feature is the most impressive for us.”

The mobile app will provide access to the police department’s news feed, online crime maps, videos, photos, and social media.

• Tips: Provide anonymous crime tips right from your phone through Crime Stoppers.

• Crime Maps: View real-time crime maps of activity occurring in your neighborhood.

• News: Get the latest news written directly by department officers and staff.

• Alerts: View trusted, instant alerts directly from the New Westminster Police Department.

• Social Media: Stay connected with New Westminster Police Department through Twitter and Facebook.

New Westminster Police Department’s officials connected with MobilePD after learning about their successes in creating mobile applications for other Police Departments. “We recognize that people are consuming information in new ways,” said Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Law enforcement needs to make their information as transparent and readily-accessible as possible to meet the expectations of our communities.”

MobilePD is available today on the iOS App Store and the Google Play Marketplace by searching for “NWPD” in the App Store.

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