Wayne County Office of the Sheriff
Barry Virts, Sheriff
August 29, 2019
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts Announces Release of Innovative Mobile App
Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts announces the release of an iPhone and Android mobile app. The app is available for the public as a free download from the app stores.
The new app will help Wayne County citizens stay tuned to important information from the sheriff’s office. After downloading the app onto your smartphone, you can receive alerts, news, and resources.
This is the first app of its kind anywhere to include both of two new app integrations: Offender Watch and Appriss Safety. Through the Sex Offender feature, provided by Offender Watch, you can search by name or location or view a map to see sex offenders in your community across Wayne County. Search for inmates in the Wayne County Correctional Facility, under the Inmate Information feature. The Inmate Search, provided by Appriss Safety, allows concerned citizens to check on an inmate’s custody status and to easily sign up for notifications of change of status.
Submit a Tip, a form that enables you to submit a crime tip, is another of the app’s key features. Your tip – sent anonymously or with your contact information along with photos – is confidential. App users are invited to submit tips regarding ongoing investigations, however, you should call 911 in the case of an emergency.
Scroll through the list of Wayne County’s Most Wanted fugitives; photos, details, and offenses are listed. If you encounter any of these fugitives, do not attempt to apprehend them; instead use the app’s Submit a Tip feature to send tips to the sheriff’s office.
In addition to the Inmate Search, the app’s Inmate Information section includes information on the Wayne County Correctional Facility, visitation hours, and rules. You can make online bail payments and commissary account deposits directly from the app.
Other important features include News & Press Releases, School & Community Programs, and Recruitment & Careers.
Read and share social media posts from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office via the Facebook and Twitter news.
To engage the greater community in public safety, anyone with the app can use the “Share our App” feature under Settings. You can also forward any alerts or posts to friends, family, and neighbors.
“Please download and share the new Wayne County Sheriff’s Office mobile app,” said Sheriff Barry Virts. “Today nearly 80% of persons across the U.S. and in Wayne County own smartphones, so our new smartphone app is an innovative way for us to keep our citizens informed and allow them to partner with us in public safety. Please share the app with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers, so that they, too, can receive important news and alerts that will help to keep our community safer.”
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office mobile app is created by TheSheriffApp.com, a division of OCV, LLC, which specializes in mobile app development for sheriff’s offices, police and fire departments, and government agencies. With more 500 apps in the app stores, OCV designs and develops custom apps for state, county, and local government agencies. “Mobile apps offer public safety and other government agencies a better way to alert, inform, and resource the public,” said Suzy Keenan, communications strategist with OCV. “Mobile apps and social media are the trends for grassroots sharing of information today.”
Search Wayne County Sheriff’s Office to download the mobile app onto your smartphone or tablet. It is available free of charge from the iTunes and Google Play (Android) app stores.
For more information, contact the Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, 315-946-5797 or email@example.com
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