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August 26, 2013

New app tells you who's in the Essex County Jail

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The software vendor, Appriss Inc. of Louisville, Ken., can also accept advertising for the app, he said, so vendors such as bail bondsmen can advertise.

Someone with a smartphone can even call the Sheriff’s Department from the app, he said.

“The most beneficial and significant feature of this app is that it lets us get important information right to people’s fingertips.”

Information that can be pushed to a user’s smartphone includes Amber Alerts, with photos of missing people, news about escapees from custody and subsequent manhunts, weather warnings and other local emergencies, the sheriff said.

FUNDED BY GRANT

More and more people are getting information from the Internet via their smart devices, he said.

“We wanted to make sure we were using the latest communication technology to keep the public informed. This app lets us do that.”

A grant through the New York State Sheriff’s Association and Appriss Inc. is funding the app.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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