Montgomery County Sheriff encourages residents to download new app

Updated: Mar. 13, 2017 at 10:16 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has a new smart phone app that you probably want to download.

"Everything that you may think you want to know about the sheriff's office is right here on this phone app," said Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham, explaining that the app is a win-win for everyone.

Montgomery County residents get immediate, real-time information and it frees up phone lines and employees in the Sheriff's office.

"It updates every three minutes," Sheriff Cunningham described the app's features. "It'll pull up everybody that's in our jail, you can get a close up on them, find out if that person has a bond, how much is that bond. You can find out if a person has warrants."  That's the information that will relieve his employees the most.

The app also features Amber Alerts, Most Wanted, as well as employment opportunities. A push notification feature allows users to receive breaking news alerts, traffic updates and crime prevention tips.

"We get numerous calls all day long, asking 'can you tell me what so-and-so's bond is?', 'can you let me know if that warrant is still active for that person?'" Cunningham said.

Cunningham also designed the app with an internal feature for County employees only.

"If we want to push out information to them such as bomb threats, such as active shooters, anything that takes place in our courthouses, we can push this information out saying secure in place," according to Cunningham.

The app even has sections where the sheriff's office posts news and calendar events, you can submit a tip, and connect to the sheriff's office social media pages.

The Sheriff's Office has invested between $15,000 to $20,000 into the app and is continuing to update and improve it.

"You need to get this so you will know what's going on," said Cunningham.
 
The app is free on the iTunes app store and the Google play store.

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