BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department has launched a free app in efforts of maintaining the community stays informed, connected and safe.

The BHPD has made a commitment to provide citizens with a safe and easy to use platform that aims to increase transparency with the community and constituents that the police department focus is to serve and protect the public. This innovative approach will grant citizens, businesses, and visitors with important news from the police department.

The app has features such as an interactive crime map, which allows users to stay current with crime trends in areas of concern. Another key feature is the “Vacation Watch Request,” where a user can request to have their home looked-out for while away on vacation.  

Assistant Chief of Police, Marc Coopwood, informed Canyon News that the highlight of the app is “the information sharing and ability to look at crime in your specific neighborhood,” as it “gives instant access to the Police Department in lieu of making a phone call or coming into the Police Department.”

Chief of Police, Sandra Spagnoli, has promoted the app to her followers via Twitter. The Beverly Hills Police Department app is available on Google Play and on the App Store.

Users can also report issues or concerns directly from their device and are granted the option of attaching images.

The Beverly Hills Police Department holds responsibility for “safeguarding the lives and property of City residents,” as stated on their website. The department’s dedicated officers intend to increase their effectiveness and keep the city “problem-free” with the app’s service.

Coopwood believes that the app will help provide a safer city, as it builds on the foundation of the police department’s motto “Police and Community Together.”