TheSheriffApp.com, developers of the new CSSA app and a Corporate 100 Partner of the California Sheriffs’ Association, had the privilege of attending the 122nd Annual Conference. While at the conference, we were able to talk with a number of Sheriffs and other members of law enforcement to learn about how things are changing in day-to-day law enforcement.
1. Smartphones are Everywhere
While straw polling at the conference suggests that nearly everyone has a smartphone, Pew research suggest that 68% of Americans have smartphones; this number is growing.
Most citizens care about their community and want it to be a safe place to live, work, and play. A custom mobile app provides a huge opportunity to engage those that want to help.
Having a mobile app allows you to engage more boots on the ground to help gather the critical information that you need.
2. Visibility is a Must
Negative media attention nationally does not help your office. Serving your citizens and allowing them to see more of the good things that your office does can help in many ways. Extending your public information channels to include more citizens can help eliminate miscommunication and negative connotation.
3. Social Media is Relevant
Many conversations revolved around the addition of social media to your communication efforts. While some agencies have been utilizing social media for years, others have just recently started. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and blogs have become more common and an integral part of how many offices communicate with the residents in their area.
An app can pull all of your media into one place and extend much more functionality. Not only can you send a message out to all app users, you can also receive information such as tips from local residents about a crime, and appreciation from the community expressed through commending an officer.
4. Engaging, empowering, and educating your citizens is an increasingly important function
The center of most conversations with Sheriffs attending the CSSA Conference was their community. Offices across the nation continue to implement processes in engaging with local citizens and interacting through multiple means of communication. A custom smartphone app is developed to do just that. It facilitates two-way communication that helps citizens and the local office to work together to better the community.
5. Creating a custom app for your office would accelerate your communications
Many offices utilize one of the many popular notification systems. Many organizations feel that they are underutilizing these systems. In some cases, the fees are too high to continue the justification. Some counties are moving away from mass notifications and looking into other areas of technology.
TheSheriffApp.com is a viable option that allows you more functionality:
A custom app is more than notifications, it allows the user to receive information in non emergency times as well as during an emergency situation:
- Location of sex offenders
- Most wanted photos
- Recent arrests
- Sex offender mapping
- 2 way communication (tip submission, crime reporting etc)
- Does not require the user to setup an account (often times this keeps users from signing up for mass notification systems)
- For those that do not have smartphones, our apps are able to integrate into text and email notifications
Contact us today to schedule a demo with your Sheriff’s Office!