The Alhambra Police Department's message to citizens is "Don't ignore it, report it." As a tool to make that happen, Alhambra Police Chief Mark Yokoyama announced Thursday that the police department launched a new application for iPhone and Android phones called My Police Department or MyPD.
The free app has 24 features, including department contacts, feedback, the National Weather Service, National Terror Advisory System, links for wanted persons, a list of sex offenders, and a way to send crime tips anonymously.
“This police app is a great addition to our agency,” Yokoyama said in a press release. “We can now push out notifications and alerts to the public and offer the public a variety of ways to contact us and provide us feedback. The goal of our MyPD app is to give the public a one-stop-app option with plenty of features and to open the lines of communication with the community we serve.”
The APD also encourages residents and visitors to “text-a-tip.” Tips can be sent via text to 847411 (Tip411) and included in the text message after the keyword “Alhambra Tip”. Tips can also be submitted on the police department's Facebook app. All three methods – the app, texting, and the online form – are anonymous. Calling 9-1-1 is always the method for emergencies or crimes in progress.