Sheriff gets new smartphone app

Local - 4/29/2014 6:50 PM by Stuart Hammer

TAZEWELL – Law enforcement in Tazewell County is taking its crime fighting to the next level with technology.

The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office debuts a new smartphone app designed with the public in mind.

Officials say the new app can access most-wanted lists, mug shots, push breaking news, and you can even submit your own crime tip if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood.

This is the first of its kind in the area and officials hope this spurs other divisions of law enforcement to follow suit.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt says the best part is giving the community tools to help stop crime.

“You can submit a tip, and this is where a person from their phone, with their tablet can pull it up and submit information, that they may have heard of something going on in the community.

Hieatt adds that the smartphone can utilize its onboard features to enhance the information provided.

“The nice feature with this is you can take a picture.”

Officials say their goal is 2,500 downloads in the first week. You can find the app in the Apple App Store or Google Play.


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