DeRidder PD launches phone app to report crime

iWatch DeRidder app

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - The DeRidder Police Department launched a new smart phone application to allow the public to send in anonymous crime-related tips.

"It's a program that allows people to send anonymous text messages, or videos or pictures so they can make reports to the police anonymously," Communications Dispatcher at the DeRidder PD Jay Purdue said.

The app is called iWatch DeRidder and has only been out for a few weeks now according to Purdue. He believes a lot of people don't call and make complaints because he or she is afraid to give out their identity.

"I think being able to make anonymous complaints is going to be able to help law enforcement receive more tips," Purdue said.

The app allows you to send picture, text and video tips. Once the app is opened, hit the tab "Send A Complete Tip," fill out what you know and follow the instructions from there. The tip will be sent directly to DeRidder Police.

"It's just going to make it much more valuable to law enforcement to be able to have those pictures as evidence and also video and like I said with anonymity it'll let people report things anonymously," he said.

A good tool to have especially for when you least expect it.

The app iWatch DeRidder is free on iTunes.

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