YORK COUNTY, Va. - The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office has released a mobile app for iOS and Android users that they hope will increase communication between the public and the Sheriff's Office.
The app allows citizens to get information about the Sheriff and the Sheriff's Office, submit crime tips, request house checks, make traffic complaints, or commend deputies.
They are the first law enforcement agency in Hampton Roads to create one.
"We want people to know that we want information, we want to share information," says Lieutenant Dennis Ivey, community and media relations for the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office.
Users will also be able to receive push alerts from the Sheriff's Office on many situations including missing persons, neighborhood alerts, and other serious incidents.
"This is going to give us the ability to push out information quicker and we know that people love apps," says Lieutenant Ivey. "We want to stay on the cutting edge of what the trends are and what people need, we want to provide that."
Lieutenant Ivey says they have seen a huge outpouring of support from the community in light of recent tragedies across the nation involving the shooting death of police officers.
He says the app will only open up the communication lines even more with the community.
"That's one of the reasons we wanted to create this app, is to be able to share that and be able to help them help us."
To download the app, just search YPSO in the Apple and Android app store.