FRANKFORT — Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced a new mobile smartphone app today that will change the way KSP interacts with the public. The app is available in both the Apple© and Google Play© stores free of charge and allows citizens to report criminal activity, access forms and submit confidential tips in multiple formats. The application is titled ‘KSPOLICE’ and is available for iPhone, iPad and Android phone users.
Some of the app features include a voice messaging tip line, the ability to send a photo tip, access to the sex offender registry and much more. One component of the app that Brewer is most excited about is the ability to geo-target specific locations within the commonwealth with emergency push notifications.
“We can now choose a specific city, county, region or even a particular building and geo-target that location with an emergency push notification message,” says Brewer. “Think about how beneficial this can be to our citizens in regard to traffic issues, severe weather, missing persons or escaped prisoner notifications.”
Brewer says the mobile app will enhance the partnership that KSP currently has with local communities by providing an easier, more practical way to send information.
“With the public’s eyes and ears, we receive crucial information that assists us in solving crimes,” adds Brewer. “This is community policing at its finest for a safer Kentucky. That was the driving force behind this app.”
The KSP app was developed by The Meers Agency, a full-service digital marketing company based in Louisville, Ky. David Meers, president of The Meers Agency, was instrumental in providing a platform for enhanced interaction between KSP and the public.
“This mobile application allows an easy to use, convenient way for KSP to bring law enforcement closer to the community,” says Meers. “We believe the KSP mobile app will provide a mechanism for positive interactions with the public and ultimately lead to more arrests of the bad guys.”
Brewer encourages citizens to download the app and actively participate in crime prevention within their home communities. The app does not replace 911 for emergency situations.
“Keep in mind, when emergencies come up and life is at stake, we want people to utilize the 911 system. In no way is this mobile app a replacement for that service,” he explains.
The global smartphone audience surpassed the one billion mark in 2012 and totaled 1.75 billion in 2014. It is anticipated that mobile will overtake fixed internet access in 2015. ComScore data indicates that 82 percent of mobile phone usage is spent via a mobile app.