By Kayla Lemay
The Bridgewater State University Police Department is more tech-friendly thanks to a brand new police app they are promoting on campus.
The “MyPD” smartphone app is available on the iPhoBne, iPad and Android devices, free of charge.
BSU Police joined the app in January of 2014, and promoted it last week during social media week on campus.
BSU Police are seeking to be more interactive and engaging on social media.
“The app is part of the [BSU] Police Department’s overall social media and engagement strategy, which itself is part of our community outreach efforts,” said BSU Police Chief David Tillinghast. “The goal is for the app to help us engage with parents, and our community.”
This app is not only usable on campus, but at home, too, provided that your local police department is set up on the app, you can connect with them as well.
“MyPD” gives access to the non-emergency line, contact information for people like the Police Chief, and you can submit tips about any current cases going on through the department.
The “MyPD” app also gives access to the BSU Police’s Twitter, @bsupolice1. The BSU Police Department is very active on their Twitter, tweeting multiple times a day about various topics.
“This week we are tweeting about distracted driving in honor of distracted driving awareness month,” Tillinghast said. “In the fall we took part in an international police tweet-a-thon that involved thousands of police departments from around the globe.”
As for student usage, many students haven’t yet heard of the BSU Police Department’s latest advancement in technology. This doesn’t deter the BSU Police Department from using the app.
“It’s part of our long term plans where all of our social media tools are in one convenient place,” Tillinghast said.
Kayla Lemay is the General Assignments Editor at The Comment. Follow her on Twitter @klemay123 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.