East Valley police departments create mobile apps

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

MESA -- East Valley cities have caught up with the times by creating new mobile applications for their police departments.

Mesa and Gilbert have recently launched apps for the iPhone and Android that allow citizens to find information about crimes through maps and alerts, as well as report them.

They were created by Mobile PD, a company that makes apps specifically for police.

Users can check out news, videos, photos, upcoming events and access social media. There's also a "Submit a Tip" feature, where you can quickly let the police department know of something suspicious you witness. You can even track and follow up on your tips.

The mobile applications make it simpler to utilize the police department's website features on the go, without having to navigate the website on a smaller medium.

"A lot of people may not have that kind patience," said Sgt. Anthony Landato from the Mesa Police Department. "If they open the app and just hit a button, boom, they're there."

"We have gotten a lot of positive feedback from citizens regarding the app," said Sgt. Jesse Sanger with the Gilbert Police Department. "We have also received numerous online tips through the use of the app. I think it's still too new to determine if it has had an impact on crime, but it already has increased positive citizen interaction with the police department."

Meanwhile, Chandler utilizes RAIDS online, a crime-mapping app. Tempe is also looking into getting involved with its own app.

Phoenix hopes to have something out by the end of the year. In the West Valley, Glendale and Surprise are also exploring the idea of getting their own mobile app. Peoria is registered with "My PD."