Now -- follow the crime scene in Santa Cruz on your iPhone. The Police Department has released an iPhone app to get the latest alerts, scanner calls and maps. It's free at the iTune store.
Working with two recent UC Santa Cruz grads, the PD just might be the first to offer a consumer-oriented iPhone app.
Says Police Chief Kevin Vogel: “This mobile application will give our community a remarkable amount of information in the palm of their hand.... ” Police Chief Kevin Vogel said. This easy-to-use interface will provide an unprecedented amount of information to the consumer; regardless of where they are in the world.”
The app was designed by EZ Axess Inc. of Sunnyvale. The company was founded over a year ago by UC Santa Cruz graduates Kushyar Kasraie and Jamieson Johnson. The firm was a finalist in the 2009 UCSC Business Plan Competition, which was sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz.
A police press release says: "The mobile app will provide access to the police department’s scanner feed, online crime maps, videos, photos and a new departmental blog. In addition, consumers will be able to submit crime tips from their mobile phone and view Nixle alerts.
It all started when the PD contacted EZ Axess after reading about the company's success in creating mobile applications for college campuses. “We recognize that people are consuming information in new ways,” Chief Vogel said, “law enforcement needs to make their information as transparent and readily-accessible as possible to meet the expectations of our communities.”
A Droid app is in the works. For now, the app is available through any web-enabled phone at the PD's newly launched mobile website.
EZ Axess is in the process of expanding the development to other smartphone platforms (such as the Droid). In the meantime, the app’s features can be obtained through any web-enabled phone via the Police Department’s newly launched mobile website.