The My Police Department app and WiredBlue were featured along with others in the August 2014 issue of Police Chief Magazine. As you might know we are in the process of giving the MyPD app a few design and additional features. The article briefly touches on a few of the things we are adding to the app. We are very close to releasing the new version and are proud that IACP Police Chief Magazine thought to cover our work.
If you have the current August magazine issue sitting on your desk take a look at the article, which can be found on page 44.
The article title is: Product Feature: Innovative Policing Tools in the Spotlight at IACP 2014
We also linked to the online article below. Here is an excerpt:
Product Feature: Innovative Policing Tools in the Spotlight at IACP 2014
Scott Harris, Freelance Writer
“Engaging the community as partners in stopping crime has long been a challenging task yielding decidedly mixed results. Now, the community–law enforcement partnership fits in the average citizen’s pocket, thanks to the My Police Department or MyPD app. Developed by a former detective with the Massachusetts firm WiredBlue, MyPD enables members of the public to submit tips and feedback directly to relevant police department teams, as well as allowing departments to survey members of the public in hopes of gaining valuable information and perceptions.
According to WiredBlue founder Peter Olson, the third and latest version of the MyPD app is expected to roll out in August or September 2014 and will be available for demonstrations to IACP 2014 attendees.
“It’s a major overhaul. We are taking a look at the user interface,” said Olson, the former police detective. “It’s a great way for police departments to do crowdsourcing. It drives down costs and allows the department to plan for the future.” Olson said 150 agencies already are using the app, with 30 or 40 more in discussion phases.3
Another key component of the new version is “gamification.” That means that the app incentivizes users to stay connected with the app—and, by extension, their police departments—in different ways and over longer periods of time. “We wanted to keep the public engaged in the app,” Olson said. “We wanted them to keep using it, to keep them coming back. There are badges you can unlock for interacting with the app and doing certain things.”
The MyPD app is just one way technology can help people stay connected to criminal justice.”
Read the full article here http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_arch&article_id=3451&issue_id=82014