ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has just released a new mobile device application that allows them to send direct messages to the public.
Sgt. Catherine Payne tells WOKV News instead of people having to be proactive and check the SJSO website or social media sites, they can now message the public directly through “push notifications.”
“Public safety concerns, traffic concerns, or anything along those lines that we need to get instantaneous messages out to the public,” Payne says.
The application is free. Users just have to search “SJSO” in the mobile app store on their device and download it.
Payne emphasizes that users must enable “push notifications,” allowing messages to be downloaded onto phones at the time they’re sent.
“We’re not going to abuse it and send out messages all the time,” Payne says. “Say there’s a traffic crash or traffic is going to be diverted in a certain area, we’re going to try to use this technology a little bit more frequently just to get that information out there.”
She says there are other agencies across the state that already have applications for smart devices.
“It’s just another means, through technology, to get messages out to the public,” Payne says.