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11:06 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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By Anne Allred

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - More law enforcement agencies in Missouri are developing apps to connect with the community and fight crime.

In the year since the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office developed an app, more than 23,000 people have downloaded it.

"Everyone knows there's a sheriff's office, but not everybody knows what we do and how we do it. This is one of the ways to get it out," said business manager Don Allen.

The app provides information about the county's 10 Most Wanted, recent arrests, office locations, a directory, news releases and a place to email crime tips.

Law enforcement agencies in 18 other Missouri Counties have launched a similar app.

The Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has been working with an app developer for two months. The unit plans to launch the app by the end of the summer.

"An app that makes it easier for people to get information such as Amber Alerts, news releases or schedule a presentation," said MO ICAC supervisor, Lt. Chris Meteja.

The following are search names for 18 sheriff's offices that have apps. Just search your county's search term in iTunes:
MOJeffersonSO
MOCapeGirardeauSO
MOFranklinSO
MOGreeneSO
MOStFrancoisSO
MOCrawfordSO
MOScottSO
MOJacksonSO
MOPerrySO
MOLacledeSO
MOCooperSO
MOPulaskiSO
MOColeSO
MOSteGenevieveSO
MOTaneySO
MOMorganSO
MOBentonSO
MOPolkSO

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