JACKSONVILLE, FL (July 7, 2015) - The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced its new mobile app on Tuesday, for use with mobile phones and tablets that are on Android or IOS platforms. The application, found in Play/App Stores under “Jax Sheriff”, easily downloads for free, and provides one touch connections for citizens with popularly used features such as Crime Reporting – Crime Tips – Crime Mapping – Offender and Predator Maps – and all the social media platforms used by the agency to stay in contact with citizens.
Development for the app began more than a year ago. During that time the Public Information Unit also worked with the city of Jacksonville IT department on upgrades to its public website. The mobile app takes advantage of all the features found on the public website, with easy access using one or two touch navigation.
“NOTHING replaces the need for people to call 9-1-1 when there is a police emergency,” said PIO Officer Melissa Bujeda. “But this mobile app does let you have the privacy and comfort of sitting somewhere and going online to get information or search for data or statistics that you might want when you can’t get to a desktop computer. And you can tip us or Crime Stoppers anonymously. But we remind people NOT to access this app while driving,” she said.
“I think one of the best features of the app is the alerts and notifications,” said PIO Officer Chris Hancock. “We wanted people to be able to select what they most wanted to hear about from us. This is a real complement to our Audio Traffic application, too. So drivers can use this to LISTEN to the updates about traffic in Jacksonville. As a parent or grandparent, we think it’s helpful to be able to get test messages about things such as Silver or Amber Alerts and other emergent news, or just look at a map and see where the registered sex offenders are.” he said.
“Providing citizens with many avenues for a connection with JSO is a primary goal of this administration, and the new mobile app compliments our new website (jaxsheriff.org) and makes the agency easy to access for anyone with a tablet or smart phone, like they can with a desktop or laptop computer,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, of JSO. “The public information team worked very hard to make sure that this app included the information and features our citizens ask us about the most – from the link to our inmate site to the agency’s Facebook and Twitter feeds to the audible traffic information app. People can even access everything from our website with one touch on the app by clicking on the icon of the police car,” she said.
The app was developed by thesheriffapp.com, which has created mobile apps for law enforcement in many counties and cities. This was done at a cost of less than $10,000.*