Now when you see something suspicious, you can say something to law enforcement through the free Newport News Sheriff’s Office’s app, released on June 5.
“It is the latest tool we have to connect with the community,” said Sheriff Gabe Morgan.
ConnectProtect℠ provides a confidential communication link for people to provide GPS-tagged “See Something, Say Something” suspicious activity information.
Sheriff Morgan called it a game changer for law enforcement.
“Every day, technology is evolving. The way people use technology today is not the way people used it a week ago. It’s not going to be the way it’s going to be used a week from now. So for us in law enforcement, for us in government, the ability to be on the cutting edge…it is monumental.”
App users also will get the latest news about the sheriff’s office and learn about public events NNSO personnel are attending. Users can sign up to receive notifications when new items are posted to the app.
Sheriff Morgan stresses the cell phone app isn’t designed to report emergency situations. Citizens should call 911 if they have an emergency.
The app, designed by Shield Group Technologies, was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Wason family through the Williamsburg Community Foundation. Also on hand at Hampton University were representatives from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, Hampton University Police, Hampton Police Dept. and The City of Hampton 311, which also received apps tailored to citizen needs.
Shield Group Technologies designed the apps.