The Atlanta Police Department released this week its first-ever smartphone app. (Screenshot)

Atlanta Police Department launches new smartphone app

Wanna stay in the loop with the Atlanta Police Department? Up for receiving customized alerts, submitting tips or monitoring crime activity that hits close to home?

As the old proverb goes: There’s an app for that.

The Atlanta Police Department launched this week its first-ever smartphone app, “Atlanta PD Mobile.” The free-to-download app provides access to alerts, events and other news from the department, as well as links to its social media accounts and YouTube channel.

The mustache-heavy “Throwback Thursday” photos are good for a chuckle, but two other offerings are aimed at more practical use for everyday Atlantans:

• The “Crime Stoppers” button provides users the ability to submit anonymous tips on everything from arsons and assaults to fugitives and homicides. Users can also enter a password in order to follow up on their tip.

• The “Crime Maps” button provides a (mostly) real-time look at incidents throughout the city. Those interested can peruse crimes in chronological list form, or zoom in on the map feature to click color- and letter-coded icons in their neighborhood.

The app is available in the Apple and Android app stores.

“We invite you to join us in protecting the City of Atlanta,” the description says.

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