Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

June 12, 2014

Sheriff’s office app still going strong

TAZEWELL, Va. — With a little over 1900 downloads the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office app is helping people stay connected in the community.

“The app is going so well, we have had a number of tips come in regarding abused and neglected animals, crimes and drugs,” Major Harold Heatley said.

No other department, municipal or sheriff’s office in Southwest Virginia has an actual sheriff’s office app that people can download on their smart phones, Androids, or iPads. Users can link to the sheriff’s office Facebook page and see a listing of wanted people. The app also allows users to receive information.

“All the information is anonymous when it comes to us, although people do have a choice whether or not they would like to provide their contact information,” Heatley said. “We caught one fugitive about 24 hours after launching the app. It has been absolutely wonderful.”

Anyone that has a smart phone is encouraged to download the app, Heatley said.

“It’s a great tool and it helps us stay connected with the community better and the community stay connected with us,” Heatley said.

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