Wichita Police Department unveils new app
The Wichita Police Department unveiled a new app on Friday. It's meant to help communicate with the community.
The app has special sections like, "Report at Riverfest," a look at each patrol division, a place to report gang activity or graffiti, a look at what beat you live in and a way to connect with community policing officer, a place to fill out an accident report, and a calendar to see what's going out throughout the city.
"This app is going to be not only a way the Wichita Police Department can share information with our community but also the citizens can share information with us," said Officer Charley Davidson, one of the department's public information officers. "Which can help us find lost juveniles, help us find lost adults, help us find criminals."
You can submit crime tips to police and CrimeStoppers and still remain anonymous. But Davidson said the app is no substitute for 911.
"If there is an actual emergency situation occurring, please call 911 to have officers respond to that situation," he said. "This is a way to share other information with us."
Seth Weinger, with LogicTree IT, company that developed the app, said the app has no ads and does not data mine your information. He said the technology used in the app has been successful with evacuations and other emergencies with law enforcement agencies across the country.
"We utilized the new technology, the NEWEST technology, not only to get information coming in from the residents to the police department, but we also can use that in case of an emergency to make your phone ring like an Amber Alert," said Weinger.
The app cost about to $2,000 to develop. Command staff did research on other apps before they chose LogicTree IT to develop the app.
Officers will be putting up posters and passing out cards during Riverfest with QR codes to download the app.
"It's going to be a great tool for the Wichita Police Department and the Wichita community in connecting together, sharing information and making sure we have all the necessary information we have regarding incidents in our community," said Davidson.
The app is available for Apple,
phones in the app stores. Just look for the WPD badge. It's free to download.