Chattanooga, Tennessee, police mobile app aims for transparency

(TNS) – The Chattanooga Police Department has launched a new mobile app to help the community stay safe and informed.

As part of its efforts to continue building a transparent relationship with the community, the department said its new app will make it easier for citizens to stay alert to incidents within a few hundred yards of their location, as well as communicate with the police and submit any anonymous tips.

Lt. Daniel Francis, commander of the department’s technology unit, led the program.

“Transparency is key to building trust and fostering a healthy relationship with the community we serve, and this app helps CPD do just that,” Francis said in a press release.

Francis and his unit have been working on the app for a year. It will use geofencing, a location-based service in which an app or other software uses radio frequency identification, Wi-Fi, GPS, or cellular data to trigger a targeted action, such as a text message, email or an app notification, when a mobile device or radio frequency identification tag enters or exits a virtual geographic boundary, to alert users to what is happening in that area.

The app was launched on Tuesday.

Departmental alerts will be sent to app users in the city, and users in other municipalities will receive notifications when visiting Chattanooga.

The application is ready to download on Android and iOS platforms.

© 2022 Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, TN). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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