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Turlock Police launch new mobile app
The new app from the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Mobile PD, is currently available for Androids and will soon be available for Apple products like iPhones. - photo by KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal


The Turlock Police Department is rolling out a new crime prevention and information tool for the public and it’s right at your fingertips.

The police department has launched Turlock Mobile PD, an application that features several tools for dispensing information and accessing the police department, all from a smart phone or tablet.

“It basically consolidates many of the information sources that we put out to the public into one convenient application,” said Turlock Police Capt. Steve Williams, who presented the newly launched app to the Turlock City Council Jan. 13.

The application was developed by a private company and features 12 links for additional information. The links are: News, which features access to the department’s online daily activity log and their Nixel account for news releases; Crime maps, which compiles all the calls for service and reports for a certain time frame into a list and overlays it onto a map of the city; Directory, which has options to direct dial units within the police department; Twitter; Facebook; Videos; CrimeStoppers; Alerts, which will issue warnings about traffic issues, crime trends, etc, to Turlock neighborhoods; Online reporting, Neighborhood issues; Police report information; and Report Probationers.

“With the effects of AB109 and the release of prisoners this is a way for the public to report probationers activity directly to us,” Williams said of the Report Probationers link. “Before this we didn’t have that type of avenue in place.”

Williams said the application is in line with the department’s goal to “enhance the partnership with community participation in the areas of interaction and information sharing.”

The app is currently available for Android devices. It is expected to be available soon for Apple devices, but as of Tuesday afternoon, the application was still pending for Apple.