Crime-fighting app released

FULTONVILLE — As a means to better connect law enforcement with the public, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new crime-fighting app called MontgomeryCo Sheriff app.

According to a news release, to increase its crime-fighting arsenal, the new app will help residents connect with the sheriff’s office to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone.

“The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is committed to improving the quality of life in Montgomery County by strengthening our neighborhoods, delivering superior services and embracing the diversity of our citizens,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith. “I believe our new app will help us better connect with residents so that we can work together to keep Montgomery County a desirable, safe community in which we live, work, raise a family, shop, study, play and grow old.”

The MontgomeryCo Sheriff app, which was developed by tip411, puts a “powerful” new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members of all ages, the release states. The app is available for download for free on the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office website at www.co.montgomery.ny.us/sheriff.

“We’ve listened to feedback from communities like Montgomery County and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help better engage their residents,” said Terry Halsch, tip411 president. “The MontgomeryCo Sheriff app powered by tip411 will greatly improve the public’s access to agency alerts, social media channels, important information, and more to help fight crime.”

According to the release, the MontgomeryCo Sheriff app and tip411 text tip system are 100 percent anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before deputies see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

Residents in Montgomery County without a smartphone can send an anonymous text tip from their cell phones to deputies by texting the keyword MCSONY and their message or tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can also be made by submitting them on the sheriff’s website at www.co.montgomery.ny.us/sheriff.

By Patricia Older

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