by Kelsey Watts, KHQ Local News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SPOKANE, Wash – Imagine fighting crime with your cell phone. With today's technology, it's perhaps no surprise "there's an app for that."
"Crime Push" is a free app for your Apple or Android device that makes it easy to send texts, photos and video directly to police if you witness a crime. If you're in an emergency situation where it's not possible to make a phone call, you can still send a GPS-tagged distress message to police or your emergency contacts with the push of a button.
Since the app launched earlier this year, more than 100,000 people have downloaded it. It's already being used in a handful of police departments and universities across the country, and now the Spokane County Sheriff's Department is looking into whether it may work here.
From a mass emergency to the graffiti in your own neighborhood, founders of the "Crime Push" app say it helps police understand what they're responding to, provides them with real-time information, and may even help already-stretched budgets by allowing citizens to provide photos and other evidentiary pieces themselves.
Founders of the app also say it promotes general safety. One feature allows kids to check in with their parents electronically through the mapping system and a pre-set selection of messages. Another sounds a siren to ward off potential attackers.
A meeting is set for early next week with Spokane County Commissioners to further discuss the possibility of launching "Crime Push" locally.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:25:07 GMT
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