Albany, GA (WALB) – Agencies across Albany are making communities safer in 21st century ways.
Both the Albany Police Department (APD) and Albany Technical College (ATC) have created safety apps for Good Life City users.
ATC’s safety app offers a variety of features and acts as an on-campus mass communication app.
Lasawnda Ethridge is the Chief of Police at Albany Technical College.
“It’s really positioned to be a resource for our students, where they’re given the chance to get tips from us,” said Ethridge. “Also, if something is happening on campus, we can send a notification so everyone can get it at the same time. They can also send us tips.”
The app also shares the school’s emergency plan for what to do in the event of a bomb threat or a shooter on campus.
One of the most unique features of this app is the “friend walk” feature.
“They can do something like a feature called ‘friend walk’. We can do that, so it’s all about safety,” Ethridge said.
APD also recently decided to leverage the latest technology in an app designed to connect with Albany residents.
Citizens can use it to send tips, view press releases, access “Be On The Lookouts”, and more.
Sylah Ferguson is a Public Affairs Officer for the Albany Police Department.
“So if a suspect is wanted, or if a particular person needs to be monitored, we want to facilitate that in a quick and effective way. That’s when we can send your address so we can monitor things like the possibility that a suspect is in the area,” she said.
Ferguson said the app shouldn’t replace calling 911 in an emergency.
Both apps are accessible from the Apple Store.
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