Woodburn Police Department releases free mobile app to connect with members of community

The Woodburn Police Department has released a free mobile app to connect with members of the Woodburn community through their smartphones.

The new app allows the WPD to quickly disseminate emergency alerts, post news about missing persons, traffic delays, arrests or threats and much more. In the event of an emergency, app users receive instant notification via their mobile devices.

Citizens can easily send comments and crime tips — anonymously if they wish — and place calls to the police department with the touch of a button. They can notify the department about suspicious activity and easily send images such as graffiti through the app.

Anyone using Android, Windows or Apple platforms can download the app simply by going to the app store and searching for “Woodburn Police Department.”

“The app provides an easy-to-use method for two-way communication between our department and community members,” said Woodburn Police Chief Jim Ferraris. “It’s a valuable tool for enhancing relationships with our community.”

Ferraris added that the app also allows the police department to post photos and images, news releases, most wanted suspects, links to other agencies and much more.

“Open communication and transparency are really important to me, and I want our department personnel to have every opportunity to meet with, and collaborate with the public,” Ferraris said. “This app will allow us to stay in contact with the community in a much broader, and immediate way. This is another platform that allows us to connect with people immediately, and for the public to connect with us as well.”

The app supports the department’s commitment to engage with the community in a timely manner through all sorts of social media. News that is distributed through the app also can be set to automatically post on the department’s social media accounts and distributed to the news media.

There is a Spanish version of the app available as well, which can be found immediately after downloading the app.

The Woodburn Police Department app is not meant to replace calling 911 for crimes and emergencies in progress. Those experiencing an emergency situation should continue to call 911.

The WPD app was developed under the name USPDhub by LogicTree IT Solutions, Inc.

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