New application links citizens directly to authorities
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- With a new application, Brevard County residents now have the ability to fight crime with their smart phones.
Unveiled on Thursday, May 23, iWatch is a free application used by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office that links citizens directly to police in an effort to revamp crime prevention efforts utilized by law enforcement.
The free application, designed by Dallas-based designers iThinQware, works on smart phones, tablets and desktop computers.
"We have had an amazing response to it," said Maria Fernez, public information officer for the BCSO. "It's very easy to use."
At the home page of the application, users are given the opportunity to either call iWatch directly, send a text tip or a complete tip.
When a user selects a complete tip, they are asked to choose the crime type, where they may add a photo or video of the crime, as well as mention dates, time, location and whether or not they wish to remain anonymous.
When sending a text tip, the user will remain anonymous.
The application will also have live streaming and recorded streaming from the Sheriff's Office, Amber Alerts, a link to the office's webpage/Facebook page, as well as a gallery of most wanted criminals in the area.
The application is currently used by 46 other law enforcement agencies across the nation, including cities such as Dallas and Chicago, officials said.
The app can also be used in 32 different languages, and Brevard County is the first in Florida to have access to the app.
Officials said the app is not intended to be a replacement for 911 or other emergency calls.
The app is available for Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone.
To purchase the app, visit the application store within your smart phone or tablet and search "iWatch Brevard County."
For more information, visit www.brevardsheriff.com.