Powell disclosed that Phase 2 of the initiative will implement phone applications for both Droid and Apple platforms, which smartphone users can also access to send and receive information. He said the apps should be available within the next 90 days.
Subscribers also can get in on the action through the program's interactive crime map. When a crime occurs, Palestine police will add “crime points” to the map that uses Bayer Analytics — a system already successfully implemented in cities such as Austin and El Paso — through which a viewer will be able to view crime activity relevant to their subdistrict. Accordingly, subscribers will be able to report information that could lead to the solving of local cases.
Powell encouraged community members to stay informed via the department's Twitter and Facebook accounts, RSS feeds and website, which police will update regularly with written alerts, videos, photos, event notifications and more.
“We're getting info back out to the public in a very timely manner so that they see what's going on in the police department and some of the cases we're having to work,” Powell said.
For questions about the Alert Network or TIP411, residents can contact the Palestine Police Department Patrol Commander Lt. Jeff Powell at (903)731-8471 or email@example.com go to http://www.cityofpalestinetx.com/tip411.php to sign up today.