The Old Orchard Beach Police Department is offering our community another option for communicating concerns and staying engaged.
My Police Department App, or MyPD App for short, is a free cell phone app for Android or iPhone that allows citizens to easily connect with the Police Department right from their device. The app has around 40 potential features and the department can turn them on and off depending on what they want to display at certain times. The MyPD app design is easy to use and features a sleek user interface.
Members of the public can get important updates from the Police Department in the form of push notifications. The Police Department can send the notifications our dashboard and the user doesn’t’t need an account or to worry about missing an important message. Users are encouraged to opt in to messages if they want to be informed quickly of new updates or alerts.
Crime and safety issues are also important for citizens to know about. The app includes resources and links on a number of topics; such as press releases, officer contact information, sex offender registry, and many more. There are also four background screens to swipe through and can be updated with pictures of wanted persons, missing people, or announcements.
Sending in tips about crimes or other quality of life issues (such as tips about drug dealing or parking complaints) is another way citizens can use the Old Orchard Beach Police Department’s MyPD app. It allows the user to either attach their contact information or send it anonymously.
Photos and GPS locations of incidents can also be attached from either the phones gallery or live camera. While the app links to integrate with some social media, it is not another social network. There are also no ads on the app and no account is necessary to use MyPD. While the app is not a social media platform, it does have some social aspects to it and has a feature where users can “unlock” badges the more they use the app and interact with the Police Department.
The app also lets users share some basic anonymous data about their age, gender, or how they found out about the app. This is optional and if shared will help the department to better understand who is using the app, how they found it, and if they live or work in the town. MyPD is free for residents, contains no advertising, and users do not need to share personal information or set up an account to use the app. Any information sharing is optional.
Citizens looking to connect with the Old Orchard Beach Police Department should search for “MyPD” in their app store. Once the app is downloaded and the agency chosen it will always open to the Old Orchard Beach Police Department and its resources. For additional information, users can visit the My Police Department App Website.