New app lets Brevard citizens report crime to BCSO
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, flanked by several police chiefs, introduced several crime prevention outreach programs on Thursday, including a computer app that will allow users to be a click away from sending in tips.
Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports the move, part of a multi-agency partnership, is an expansion of prevention programs that now will allow law enforcement agencies along the Space Coast to provide a more coordinated approach in reaching residents.
"Our resources are combined, our messages are combined," Ivey said during a press conference at the sheriff's West Precinct headquarters.
"You can have the best message in the world but if you can't deliver it to the front door of the citizens, it's useless," he said.
To do that more effectively, Ivey invited residents to download iWatch Brevard County, a new app for smartphone and computers that will allow anyone to send in anonymous tips, report suspicious incidents, see crime-related photos, get alerts or even track neighborhood crime..
"Our goal is to get you that information," the sheriff said.
The app, created by Dallas-based ithinqware, is currently used by 46 other law enforcement agencies across the nation. Brevard County will be the first in Florida to have access to the free app, which can be used in 32 languages.
It is available for Android, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows phones. Tips will go to the respective agencies, giving Palm Bay patrol officers information about happenings in their city, officials said at the conference.
"It's really community policing 2.0," said Dan Elliot, the creative director of ithinqware.
"You're only two clicks from giving a tip."
I Watch is available in 36 different languages and is free on Android from the Google Play store or on iOs through iTunes.