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The Broward Sheriff’s Office Introduces New Phone App

Date posted: July 17, 2012

 

 

A Message from Sheriff Al Lamberti

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has always strived to stay a step ahead of the curve when it comes to communicating with the public. Creative and forward thinking is crucial during this new digital age of communication. There is no doubt that our website www.sheriff.org is a valuable tool in providing the public with important information. Recently, we added two new features to the site. The first is Community Events, which not only lists all of the upcoming events the Broward Sheriff’s Office is hosting, it also provides mapping to the location of the event. The second new and advanced feature is our BSO mobile application (app), which we created for smart phone and tablet users. The BSO mobile app provides users with a one-touch approach to search arrests, civil cases, news, report a crime, view and map our events, contact the agency and connect to our social media sites.

By researching the most important and valuable areas of interest to our website visitors, we were able to develop this one-touch approach to connect with our agency. We are proud to say that we are one of the first public safety agencies to launch such a progressive mobile app. The new BSO app can be downloaded by visiting www.sheriff.org/mobile/ or clicking on the new mobile app button located in the top right-hand corner of our website. Once prompted, add the BSO app to your home screen. In a matter of seconds, you will have access to some of the most important information we provide.

There is no secret that social media is an emerging trend. While there are many social media outlets, Facebook is by far the leader. With more than 500 million users worldwide and more than 150 million users in the United States alone, that means half of all Americans are Facebook users. To put this trend into perspective, it took 90 years for the home telephone to become conventional and only five years for Facebook to become mainstream. Most interestingly, the largest increase in demographics for Facebook is users who are 55 and older.

Another popular site for communicating is Twitter. This interactive form of social media allows you to use a minimal amount of characters for messages (also known as tweets), but is commonly used to provide information in “real time”. It also allows users to interact and forward on “tweets” to their contacts as they are posted.

I realize that social media and mobile apps like ours are useful in communicating important safety information. I am a firm believer that the more informed you are, the safer you are. That is why we utilize these and other tools such as my E-Newsletter and our CyberVisor program, which is an advisory e-mail and text system that provides residents and business owners with vital information about:

  • criminal activity
  • traffic issues
  • security concerns
  • upcoming events
  • public safety initiatives
  • important safety tips and more

If you have not signed up for our CyberVisor program or E-Newsletter, I encourage you to visit www.sheriff.org/cybervisor to sign up today. You can also follow us on Facebook at Broward Sheriff’s Office (Official) and Twitter @browardsheriff. As always, you can e-mail me at Ask_The_Sheriff.org.

I look forward to hearing your feedback on our new and improved communication efforts. Stay safe!

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  • Love Mobile Apps, Not This One

    Nice, though I’d much rather deploy more police officers on the street. Not sure if this will help to reduce crime in my neighborhood.

    I don’t think my neighbors are going to report any crimes via a mobile app. We, they, may talk about crimes on social networks & such but its not likely that they’ll report them.

    Here’s what will happen: someone will steal my iPhone and use the Sherrif’s mobile app to check to see if they’re crime has been reported.

    Priorities.

  • http://www.sheriff.org Broward Sheriff’s Office

    Hello! Thank you for your feature about our agency’s new mobile app. In response to Love Mobile Apps, Not This One: The creation of this mobile app in no way reduces the number of deputies we deploy on the streets. The crime reporting section of the app is only one feature the public may find useful. The community events section with mapping (GPS when available on the phone or tablet), the current news or recent arrests may be something you find more useful. As for crime reporting, we do not post crimes reported publicly so that criminals know that the merchandise they stole had been reported. It is sent to Crime Stoppers and investigated. This is one more way the Broward Sheriff’s Office is staying connected through technology. We do appreciate you taking the time to check out the app and provide feedback. Stay safe!

  • http://duilawyernow.org/ Victor Talha

    This is a great app and an amazing time! I never thought I would see the day when the BSO or any law enforcement agency would embrace the new age of TECH and GADGETS! It truly is the information age, and in turn, information given is knowledge gained! Knowledge is power after all! Yup… see what I just did there? lol Anywho, THnx so much Sharon Aron Baron! Great news piece! Wow, I love saying your name… I feel like a rapper or poet… it all just rhymes so well! :) God Bless and Thanks be to the BSO and Sheriff Al Lamberti!

  • Jennifer G

    I will definitely be downloading the new app. I see suspicious going on’s all over Broward County. I’m hoping I can also report the aggressive/dangerous drivers I see all the time. Thank you for this invaluable article.