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An example screenshot of the new app from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

Mercer County Sheriff Jack Kemler announced the development and release of a new iPhone and Android mobile app. The interactive app is designed to provide critical information to the public in real-time on their smartphones. Information on the Mercer County Sheriff’s App will include, news alerts, senior citizen program information, emergency alerts, Sheriff’s sale information, crime tips, inmate search, Trenton-Mercer Airport information and the ever-popular Mercer’s Most Wanted list.

The new mobile app is an approach to help the public and local businesses stay current with important news and resources that are available from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.

The app is available to anyone, free of charge from the Google Play android and Apple iTunes stores.

“The use of social media is evolving quickly, and we are, too,” said Kemler. “Our new mobile app will help empower the public to be our partners in public safety when fast breaking news and alerts happen.”

One of the app’s many key features is “Submit a Tip”, which enables users to submit a crime tip, anonymously or with contact information, along with photos. Users can also see and share important Facebook posts from the Sheriff’s Office. Noteworthy features on the app also include:

• Mercer’s Most Wanted
• Sheriff sales information
• Crime prevention tips
• Programs and services of the Sheriff’s Office

To engage the community further, anyone with the app can use the “Share Our App” feature to forward alerts and download links to their friends, family and neighbors.

“By empowering and connecting to the community, through technology and social media, the Sheriff’s Office will be able to better serve, inform and protect our county,” said Kemler.

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office mobile app is designed by TheSheriffApp.com, a division of OCV, LLC, which specializes in mobile app development for sheriff’s offices and public safety departments.

“Two-thirds of U.S. adults are now smartphone users, so mobile apps offer agencies a better way to connect with the public – even during an emergency or storm, whether or not they have power,” said Suzy Keenan, communications strategist with OCV. “Mobile apps and social media are setting the trend for grassroots sharing of information today and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office is quickly becoming part of that growing trend.”

For technical assistance with the app, contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office at 609-278-7199.