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Dallas Police Department Launches iWatch Smartphone App

iwatch_card_mainMeredith let us know that they have helped the Dallas police department launch a new smartphone application that allows citizens to anonymously report crimes. Recently we have seen law enforcement make use of the BlackBerry part of their on the go crime fighting gadgets. So if you are a Dallas area resident you can pick up the app at this link via app world.

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iWATCH DALLAS

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About

iWatch Dallas was created in 2010 by the Dallas Police Department as a virtual extension of community policing that enables citizens to anonymously report suspicious behaviors and activities in real time. It can be accessed through iWatchDallas.net, text messaging, standard calls or branded mobile smart phone applications designed for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Symbian platforms.

How It Works

There are four ways for private citizens to submit tips to the Dallas Police Department using iWatch Dallas:

  1. Download and launch the mobile smart phone application – send an anonymous text tip, an anonymous email or a public text tip with a photograph
  2. Online at iWatchDallas.net
  3. Text message “DPD + your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES)
  4. Phone call to (214) 671-4TIP

Once received, tips are directly forwarded to the Dallas Police Department’s intelligence-gathering and analysis unit known as The Fusion Center. Here, police determine which tips are actionable and deploy officers as needed. Tips received via text message, email and the smart phone application remain anonymous.

Reporting

iWatch Dallas is NOT a replacement for 911. If you see criminal activity in real time or have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a tip about suspicious behaviors or activity, use the iWatch Dallas program. The following tips or facts should be reported using iWatch Dallas:

  • Types of Crimes: Narcotics, prostitution, burglary, auto, gang, theft, swindle, criminal fence and homeland security
  • Details: Time of day, where it happened, act(s) witnessed, a description of individual(s) involved, possible vehicle model, color and license plate number

Visit www.dallaspolice.net for more information.

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  1. What would be REALLY nice is a more universal app that geolocates and lets you report crimes to the local authority regardless of where you are currently. I suspect that would be pretty hard though.

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