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Jan. 31, 2017 9:09 am

New Baltimore Police app aims to open two-way street

BPD will use the mobile app to send info out, but it's also looking to bring info in. The app's developer says BPD is the largest department in the U.S. to sign on.
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wears a body camera.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis wears a body camera.

(Photo by Stephen Babcock)

The Baltimore Police Department is getting in the mobile app game.

BPD wants its new mobile app to make it easier for information to flow both ways. It sends push alerts, provides access to social media feeds and shows police data, making it a way to get information out, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday.

Police also want info to come in. They added a way to leave anonymous tips. (But you should still call 911 for emergencies, said TJ Smith, BPD’s Chief of Media Relations.)

“You have the ability to add a photo, add a narrative and a location,” Smith said. Contact info is optional.

The app was developed by Mobile PD, an Austin-based firm that works specifically with law enforcement. It cost a total of $30,000 between development and a two-year subscription.

“The Baltimore Police Department is by far the largest police force in the country launching this application,” said Mobile PD CEO Kushyar Kasraie.

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