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Essex County Sheriff’s Department: There’s an app for that

Capt. Thomas Murphy shows what people can find on the new Mobilepatrol app.

Capt. Thomas Murphy shows what people can find on the new Mobilepatrol app. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The Essex County Sheriff’s Department has an app.

Sheriff Richard Cutting and Capt. Thomas Murphy unveiled the new way for people to access the department to members of the Essex County Public Safety Committee May 13.

Cutting said that the app was provided through the New York State Sheriff’s Association and a grant program that allows them to work with Appriss.

“Just go to the app store for Apple or a smart phone and search for MobilePatrol — one word,” Cutting said. “Then you can pick your state and county to make that your default. You can also log in to other counties that have this system and look at their information.”

Cutting said that the app will allow people to see recent bookings into the Essex County Jail (with pictures), see who is being held at the jail, search for warrants, receive alerts and report crime tips.

“This will be another way that people can give us tips,” Murphy said. “It will go through a secure site and notify us of the tip. The sex offender watch is not on there right now, but we are working to get the watch list up and running.”

“We encourage people to use it because it will keep the system active and will keep the grant going through the sheriff’s association,” Cutting said.

The sheriff added that people will also be able to sign up for the victim alert program, which allows them to know when a person who committed a crime against them or someone they know has an upcoming event such as a parole hearing or release.

Franklin County is also listed under the MobilePatrol App and shows similar information as the Essex County site.

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