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App Will Allow Columbus Residents, Police To Interact In Real Time

The City of Columbus is contracting with a tech company to create an app that will allow police to send crime and traffic alerts to smartphones. 

The 72 thousand dollar, three-year contract with MobilePD will create the app that will send push notifications, allow users to submit crime tips and directly communicate with police. City Council member Emmanuel Remy co-sponsored the legislation approved by the panel this week.

Deputy Columbus police chief Thomas Quinlan says the app will be a one-stop-shop for officers and the public.


  The app is expected to launch this fall.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.