STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Stratford police have launched a new mobil app that allows the public to report crime from their phones.
The iWatch program is a new software tool created by iThinQware, Inc. that allows citizens to put crime tipping and reporting in the palm of their hands. The app allows people to submit crime information and tips to Stratford police with a click of a button.
Statford police said in a statement, “this is the first time citizens have ever been able to use their iPhones,Androids and Blackberries to communicate, in real time, with the Stratford Police from wherever they are right now.”
The device uses global positioning technology to forward information to the Stratford Police Department based on where the handheld device is physically located at any given moment.
iwatchStratford.com was established for crime and drug awareness and prevention and to gain public support in crime fighting.
An individual can submit an anonymous text tip, an email, or a detailed form, along with pictures and videos, as they travel around the city. Tipsters can remain anonymous or disclose their identity.
iWatch is delivered to law enforcement only and other law enforcement agencies may view, share, and forward and comment.
This app is especially helpful in regards to homeland security and anti-gang initiatives as it allows the public to act as a silent eye for police.
Stratford police will also be able to provide an iWatch feed television, radio and print media to publish information so police can receive feedback from anyone who may have knowledge.
iWatch is now in version 15 and has been successful in 75 cities across the country. The app is compatible with iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries.