The app has 24 possible features and options. Some of the features include department contacts, push notifications, feedback and tips forms, as well as options to retrieve information from FEMA, the National Weather Service, and the National Terror Advisory System. Other uses include links for wanted persons, videos, sex offenders, and blog posts.
The phone application or "app" can be downloaded free by searching for My Police Department or MyPD in the iPhone or Android marketplace. The police app is available to the public free of charge and is also free of any advertisements. Once downloaded people can simply navigate to the Manchester Police.
"This police app is a great addition to our agency" said Manchester Police Chief Michael Hall. "We can now push out notifications and alerts and the public has a variety of ways to contacts us. The goal of our MyPD app is to give our public a one stop app option with plenty of features and to open the lines of communication."
Users can choose not only the Manchester Police app but they also have the option to view other police departments on MyPD by choosing a different city or state.
The app defaults to the last agency viewed upon opening, this makes it easy to always open just to the Manchester Police Department.
The department home screen contains a number of features with more located in the bottom menu which activates upon touch or swipe.
"Our app's crime tips or questions and feedback features allows a user to choose a topic from the forms dropdown menu that best suits them and that message will then be routed to the correct officer," said Hall "Forms can be sent anonymously to the department, but we encourage an email address or phone number if you would like a response. Users also have the availability to upload photos with the app tip and feedback forms. "
As is the case with email, tip sites, and social media, the app is not for any type of emergency situation.
The app is for routine questions and information sharing. 9-1-1 is always the method for emergency situations or response.
More app information can be found on the website http://MyPDapp.com