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Sheriff's office offers free phone app to keep track of crime

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:51 am

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is now participating in Mobile Patrol, a free phone application that gives the public another way to access information from the sheriff’s office.

With the Mobile Patrol app, one can see what inmates are currently in the detention center, crime victims can sign up for alerts of any change in status of the offender convicted of those crimes, and people can receive emergency alerts. The public can also view lists of people wanted for failure to pay child support or who are on the sheriff’s office’s most-wanted list, as well as report sightings or information about those wanted people, and can submit tips about suspected criminal activity.

Users can see the location of the sheriff’s office at Bolivia and substations across the county, get directions to those locations, and get phone numbers for the sheriff’s office, detention center and other emergency and law enforcement officials in the county.

The app is available for Android and iPhone cell phones, and is free to download.

The application can be found under “Mobile Patrol” in iTunes or Google Play; once downloaded, users select “North Carolina” under state and then “Brunswick County” under agency.

Sheriff’s office spokesperson Emily Flax emphasized that the app, while free to download, is also free of charge to the sheriff’s office, and offering it does not increase the sheriff’s office budget.

“We wanted to be able to provide the public with more information and in a more convenient manner,” said sheriff John Ingram of the app’s release. “I would like to encourage our citizens to download this app, and I am hopeful that all will find it useful and informative.”

In North Carolina, only the Brunswick County, New Hanover County and Edgecombe County sheriff’s offices offer the app.

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