LEWIS - The Essex County Sheriff's Office has launched a smartphone app that provides access to real-time jail information such as inmates' names, mugshots, charges and other information.
Sheriff Richard Cutting announced the news Monday.
The app is a free download and is available for both iPhone and Android smart devices. Users can simply search "MobilePatrol" and, after downloading, select which sheriff's office they want.
The app is fully integrated with VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), which allows crime victims to be notified about the custody status of their offender. The app also includes warrants, lists of non-custodial parents and most-wanted criminals, news, facility locations and the sheriff's office directory.
"The most beneficial and significant feature of this app is that it lets us get important information right to people's fingertips," Cutting said in a press release. "The app greatly improves our ability to serve the public, and that's what we're here for. We're thrilled that we can provide this to the community."
Information that can be pushed to a user's smartphone includes Amber Alerts (including photos of missing persons), news about escapees and manhunts, weather warnings and other local emergencies.
"We know that more and more people are getting the information they need from their smartphones," said Sheriff Cutting "We want to make sure we're using the latest communication technology to keep the public informed, and this app lets us do that."