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Fargo Police Introduce Their Newest Crime Fighting Tool

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Need to submit an anonymous tip to police? Or see crimes that happened recently in your neighborhood? There's now an app for that courtesy of the Fargo Police. Today Valley News team's Eric Crest found out some of the handy features that are now on the tips of your fingers.

The newest piece of technology for the Fargo Police department wasn't designed for them. But rather the citizens of Fargo.

"It's the newest advancements in terms of technology that we plan on using to share information with the community," says Chief of Police Keith Ternes.

The Fargo Police department's new app took about a year to design. It has 12 different features that help you stay informed and allows the police department to have a direct line to the public. And it's all in the palm of your hand. One feature allows you to see felons who are on the run in Fargo.

"If you're looking at this and you recognize that person maybe out and about where ever you are at.... and say hey I know that person. You can call police straight from this screen you got. Make that call or an anonymous tip if you want," explains Officer Jessica Schindeldecker of the Crime Prevention department.

You can also have instant access to a resource officer at your child's school if need be.

"Anybody can submit a tip through their mobile phone and they can include their contact information if they want or do it anonymously," adds Officer Schindeldecker.

Now while this app wasn't designed by a local programmer it was done on the cheap. It only cost the Fargo Police department about 1,200 dollars to get the app up and running. And the portion that they are most excited about is a feature that allows citizens to see the crime committed in your neighborhood.

"The biggest function that we think will be the greatest asset to our citizens is the crime mapping feature. Where they can go in and see what's happening in their neighborhoods. They can see for the last year, to the last 3 days or 24 hours," says Officer Schindeldecker.

So as police roll out the newest crime fighting technology. Keep in mind the most instant way to get a hold of law enforcement is still the old fashion way.

"Unfortunately this is not monitored 24/7. If you need immediate assistance call 911," says Officer Schindeldecker.

Other features include a police directory with phone numbers and email addresses of Fargo Police officers. There's also a "commend a cop" feature that lets you tell an officer how they went above and beyond what you expected. Android and Apple users can find the app for free, just search "Fargo police department." While you're there download the Valley News Live app, just search VNL in your app store.

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