HAVERHILL — Would you be interested in reporting anonymous crime tips to police without having to call the police station? How about reporting issues like bullying and graffiti or asking Animal Control a question?
If you have an android device or iPhone, then police have something they think you might like.
One of the Haverhill Police Department’s newest community engagement and crime-fighting tools comes in the form of a smartphone app for your Android or iPhone. Called “MyPD,” the app is free and it is also free of any advertisements.
“Haverhill has always been dedicated to community policing and the MyPD app brings that approach to a mobile device,” said police Chief Alan DeNaro. “Our goal is to increase the flow of information, allowing users to easily send messages and questions and allowing police to provide users with our latest news, updates and services.”
The phone application or “app” can be downloaded at no cost by searching for My Police Department or MyPD in the iPhone or Android marketplace. It’s also available by following links to the Android Marketplace and the App Store on the police department’s web page, www.haverhillpolice.com.
Once downloaded, simply navigate to the Haverhill Police. The app was launched Feb. 21 and since then police in Haverhill received a dozen reports of out-of-state license plates and several crime tips. These are just two categories you can report using the MyPD app.
The app has 24 possible features and options, including department contacts, reporting out-of-state vehicles, feedback and tips forms, as well as links to FEMA, the National Weather Service and the National Terror Advisory System. You can read the department’s latest Tweets by connecting through the MyPD app.
Other uses include links to the FBI’s 10 most wanted persons, the state’s sex offender registry, crime maps and more. The company that makes the app, Wired Blue, is constantly updating and improving the app with new features.
Users also have the option to follow other police departments on MyPD by choosing a different city or state, such as Methuen and North Andover as their police departments use MyPD as well.
“This new tool will help open up the relationship between the department and the city,” DeNaro said. “Every single message will be looked at – whether it’s a tip, a question, a commendation or general feedback.”
For tips, questions and feedback, users can select a topic from drop-down menus and their message will be routed to the appropriate personnel.
“This can be done anonymously but we encourage some form of return contact if you would like a response,” DeNaro said. “Users also have the ability to upload photos with the tip and feedback forms.”
As is the case with the police department’s e-mail, tip sites, and social media, the MyPD app is not for any type of emergency situation. Haverhill police say they attempt to review all messages in a timely fashion but do not always monitor messages and activity at all times. They said the app is for routine questions and information sharing. Police recommend dialing 911 for emergency situations or response.
More information can be found on the Haverhill Police Department’s website, www.haverhillpolice.com and the MyPD app website at www.MyPDapp.com.
Using the MyPD app, users can report tips, including:
Cyber Bullying and Graffiti
Out of State Plates
Using the MyPD app, users can submit questions and feedback, including:
Ask the Chief
Ask Animal Control
Firearms Licensing Questions
Ask a Detective