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HPD launches app for public outreach

Chief Herbert Blake and the staff of the Hendersonville Police Department are letting citizens know that the Hendersonville Police Department has launched a new and innovative mobile phone application.

The new HPD mobile app is available now for the public to download in the iOS App Store for Apple users or in the Google Play Store for Android users.  A lot of the features and information in the app reflects the city's website but with an estimated 77 percent of the population using a smartphone and an estimated 90 percent of their times spent on their smartphones within an app rather than a browser, this will allow citizens who live in, work in or visit our city an opportunity to find resources, connect to the city's social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, request extra patrols, submit crime tips, update their business contacts information, commend our officers and employees and more.

"We are excited to deliver this new way of connecting and communicating with people in our city and communities as we strive to make the Hendersonville Police Department more accessible," Blake said. "One of our goals as noted in our five-year strategic plan is to connect citizens to our department and find contemporary ways to offer our policing services. We believe we may be one of the first municipal police agencies in western North Carolina and perhaps in the entire state to offer a mobile application for community outreach and back and forth communications. I would like to publicly acknowledge the time and persistent work Detective Kyle Theil put into managing this endeavor.”

Updated relevant strolling alerts such as weather alerts and road hazards will be noticeable on the HPD mobile app as well. And more features could be added if practicable. For more information, contact Detective Thiel or Chief Blake at 828-697-3031.