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“Smart” Advancement for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
July 19, 2012
By Jessica Root, Intern Reporter for the Tribune
On July 19, Sheriff Mike Sharp announced the launching of a smartphone app that allows the office to communicate more effectively with the community. The app is currently available to Android users and Apple is approving the app for iPhone users. The app can be downloaded for free by searching “MOJacksonSO” on Google Play.
Features of this new app include access to real-time detention center information as well as lists of wanted non-custodial parents and most-wanted criminals. The sheriff’s office can also send news regarding anything from robberies to weather warnings directly to users’ smartphones using the new app.
Phone numbers, directions and locations will be available through the app as well.
“The most beneficial and significant feature of this app is that it lets us get important information right to people’s fingertips,” said Sheriff Sharp. “The app greatly improves our ability to serve the public, and that’s what we’re here for. We’re thrilled that we can provide this to the community.”
Jackson County is one of the first in the region to create an app like this. Sheriff Sharp knows that people are always using their smartphones to get the information they need so he wanted to make sure his office was using the latest communication technology.
The app will constantly evolve with new updates to keep communication between the sheriff’s office and the citizens effective.
“It’s a very positive advancement,” Sheriff Sharp commented.
Citizens might think twice before tangling with the law if they know anyone with a smartphone can see their mug shot using the app.