QA’s Sheriff’s Office releases mobile app
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office has a new iPhone and Android mobile app that will provide to the public direct alerts of police activity, road closures, motor vehicle accidents and more.
The app was released Oct. 13 and is available to download for free.
Sheriff Gary Hofmann was pleased to announce his office is the first — and currently only — police agency in Maryland to have this app. The free app releases important and critical information in a timely manner and allows the community to stay connected with law enforcement, Hofmann said.
With a touch of the screen, users can view breaking news, crime reports and press releases from the sheriff’s office. Sections in the app include a list of the Queen Anne’s County Most Wanted Fugitives, along with their names, photos and offenses, and links to Crime Reports — a database that allows search by location, zip code, dates and time, and provides type of crime and a case number. The app also links to the state’s sex offender registry, which can be searched by location, and provides names, photos and detailed information for each offender.
App users can send the sheriff’s office an anonymous tip through the app under the “Submit a Tip” tab. Tips can be sent by call or email, and the exact location can be sent if location settings are turned on by the user. Pictures can be sent along with the tip. This can come in handy when seeing a vehicle operating in a dangerous manner, public information officer Lauren Moses said. Users can snap a picture of the vehicle and send it directly to the sheriff’s office, she said. She recommended the photo be taken by a passenger or while the vehicle is stopped. All tips are confidential unless the user wishes to provide contact information.
Any emergency still should be reported via 911, Moses said.
In need of directions? The app allows users to be able to navigate to the sheriff’s office, the nearest emergency room and Haven Ministries homeless shelter.
Other important features include Recruitment and Careers, and a Developmental Disabilities form to let responding agencies know where there are special needs.
You also can read and share the latest social media posts from the Queen Anne’s Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, Moses said. The app keeps all current statuses in one easyto-find location.
Press releases for incidents like a motor vehicle accident or a theft that did not cause a road closure or require notification of police activity will be reported under the “Press Release” tab instead of being received as an alert notification, she said.
“We have created this new mobile app as a service to our community,” Hofmann said. “I encourage every resident and business owner to download the app today. Our goal is to engage the community to be our partners in public safety, to make Queen Anne’s County a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit. And please take a moment to share the app with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.”
To engage the greater community in public safety, anyone with the app can use the “Share our App” feature under settings, as well as forward alerts to friends, family and neighbors.
The mobile app was created by TheSheriffApp.com, a division of OCV LLC, which specializes in mobile app development for sheriff’s offices and public safety. With more 500 apps in the app stores, OCV designs and develops custom apps for state, county and local government agencies.
“We are proud to serve Sheriff Gary Hofmann and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, an innovator among Maryland law enforcement. Nearly 80 percent of persons in the U.S. own and use smartphones as their main means of communication. So mobile apps offer agencies a better way to alert, inform, and resource the public,” said Suzy Keenan, communications strategist with OCV. “Mobile apps and social media are the trends for grassroots sharing of information today.”
Keenan said response to the app in other jurisdictions has been good. “The app is rather helpful and helps the community stay connected to law enforcement,” she said.
Search for Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and download the mobile app onto your smartphone or tablet. It is available free from the iPhone and Google Play (Android) app stores.
For more information, contact the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office at sheriff-info@ qac.org or 410-758-0770.
A new mobile app from the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff allows users to receive notifications and up to date information.