Sheriff’s Office info on phone app

September 11, 2013

A phone app is now available to help Hood County residents be better informed about topics related to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Roger Deeds said that the program is “still a work in progress,” but the public will be able to access information on inmates, victim notification, community alerts, a local most wanted site and a Sheriff’s Office directory. There will also be access to a crime tip hotline.

The app can be downloaded free through iTunes or the Google Android store on smart phones. Find keyword “mobilepatrol,” then select “Texas” and “Hood County.”

“They (the public) are going to benefit from just knowing what’s going on,” Deeds said. “The idea is to get information out to the people, and sharing information.”

The sheriff said he hears from people who say they need to contact him for various reasons, and although his “doors are always open,” the app “is one more way they can contact me and have them interact with the office.”

Deeds also plans to add other categories through the app.

“I’m going to put warrants on there,” Deeds said, adding that there will also eventually be a link to list local convicted sex offenders. “You’re not going to be able to look into people’s history or anything like that.”

The CodeRed disaster phone notification system, used in cases of tornadoes and other impending disasters, will continue to be used, but the phone app will offer additional details.

“CodeRed is good, but people always want to know more information,” Deeds said.

“If you put too much information in the CodeRed notification, it takes took long, and it’s not as efficient. I’ll be able to put more information into this app.”

Deeds also said there will be a link for bail bond information for families of jail inmates, including directories to locate attorneys and local bond companies.

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