Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims is making it easier for citizens to report crimes, interact with her office, and keep abreast of potential hazards such as major accidents and natural disasters.
Friday morning she unveiled a mobile device app that allows residents to do everything from report graffiti to request a home check by deputies while folks are on vacation.
In addition, Mims used the news conference to publicize Everbridge. It’s a mass notification service that provides the Sheriff’s Office with the ability to inform residents via phone, text and email of potential safety hazards or concerns in Fresno County.
“You opt in (by registering) and you get information about things that are going on, including fires, natural disasters, or information in general,” Mims said.
Back to the mobile app, which duplicates many of the services on the Sheriff’s Office website. Some of them include:
- Report a crime
- Search for inmates
- Apply for concealed weapon permits
- Report graffiti
- Contact Valley Crime Stoppers with tips
- Apply for jobs
- Create a catalog of your personal property
- Access Megan’s Law
- Sign up for Seconds 2 Survive, an active shooter training program
- Review crime activity by neighborhood
Free downloads of the app are available through Google Play and the App Store. In the search, type “Fresno Sheriff.” It can also be accessed on a computer by visiting https://www.apexmobile.net/app/fresno-county-sheriff-coroners-office/.
“It works pretty good,” said Mims, who downloaded it to her phone a couple of weeks ago, and demonstrated it to GV Wire before the news conference.
There are two ways to sign up for Everbridge.
You can visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085614497#/signup. Or you can go to the Sheriff’s Office link.