AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s newest crime fighting tool is now available for free download for Android or iPhone users.
This smartphone application, or app, makes it easier to contact MDEA and share information with the the agency, MDEA officials announced Friday in a news release.
The app has features for submitting tips, feedback and questions and is free of advertisements or pop-ups, the MDEA noted. It can be downloaded by searching for “My Police Department” or “MyPD” in the iTunes or Android marketplaces.
As of Friday, the MDEA was one of only two Maine law enforcement agencies taking advantage of the app. The other one was the South Portland Police Department.
“We are proud to utilize this technology,” MDEA Director Roy McKinney said. “Our goal is to increase the flow of information, allowing users to easily send messages and also providing them with MDEA news and updates.”
“We are hoping Maine citizens use this app to communicate with us,” MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said.
The app’s home screen contains a number of functions, with more found in the bottom menu that activates upon touch or swipe. All of the forms can be sent anonymously to the agency, though the MDEA encourages app users to provide an email address or phone number if they want a response from the agency.
Users also have the availability to upload photos and switch among participating agencies.
The MDEA is also reaching out to the public via its Twitter account — @MDEA_Maine — and already has more than 4,300 followers on its Facebook page.
McKinney said the agency is finding the use of these sites to be an effective way to distribute current information and suspect descriptions.
“We believe that our messages can spread when our followers or the media ‘retweet’ us to their friends on Twitter or share our latest information on their Facebook accounts,” he said.