|SentiGuard is available for free in the App Store or Google Play.|
SentiGuard, a free app available on the App Store or Google Play, will be rolling out in Fort Thomas this month.
SentiGuard lets users send detailed reports, or anonymous tips, to their local law enforcement straight from their iOS or Android powered devices. Users who download it will be able to post pictures, videos and/or audio files. All media is encrypted and safely stored.
Fort Thomas Police Detective, Adam Noe said that SentiGuard is being tested in select markets and Fort Thomas was able to receive the full-services of the company at no cost. In Kentucky, Dayton has used this service. Noe said that they have been very happy with the way it's working.
Noe noted that it should not be used in emergency situations.
"The other great thing about the app is that we will be able to send push notifications to residents who have signed up for the service regarding public safety. We can also use this as a way to communicate directly with those who are reporting a crime in real time," said Noe.
According to SentiGuard presentation, the app is a "force-multiplying tool that allows ordinary citizens to become effective, crimefighting allies. (They) take the neighborhood watch concept and expand it to a whole new level."
Noe, who had 11 years of police experience before joining the Fort Thomas Police Department in March 2012, said that he has been utilizing recording devices on the job in some capacity since 2001. "We were ahead of the curve with vest cameras in Fort Thomas. Technology is trending that way. We are hoping that this app will be another way we can continue to reach out to the public and serve them in the best way possible."
On a privacy note: personal information stored on the phone through this app is not sent to the department unless the user chooses to send it. The app does not track a user’s location unless the app is being used. Users can easily turn their location on or off within the app’s settings button.