DAVENPORT -- In the ever-changing world of technology, Davenport police are preparing a smart phone app that they hope leads to increased public's help in solving crimes.
"All we want is the opportunity," said Davenport Police assistant chief Don Schaeffer. "This program will be almost endless on what we and the public can do when working together."
The Do What's Right app is expected to be launched within the next few weeks, assistant chief Schaeffer said.
The key to the program is any information will be completely anonymous. Users can submit tips, photos and videos to police.
Assistant Chief Schaeffer said Davenport is part of Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities, but the new app takes that program a step further with more options for citizens to access and give information to the police, he said.
Sixteen members of the Davenport Police Department worked since January to design the program, he said. "I think it's almost endless what we will be able to do. This program hits every area."
Project managers for the program are Lt. Brett Morgan and Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) coordinator Owen Farrell.
Lt. Morgan said there will be numerous ways for citizens to download the application for the program. Texting on crimes will be available on virtually any phone, Lt. Morgan said.
"This program can potentially blow everything out of the water," Lt. Morgan said. "One, it helps us connect with a younger crowd. We're looking for young persons who are out being mobile.
"This app gives us an opportunity to connect with them, to defeat the code of silence they have, and to communicate directly with them.
"We have an opportunity to keep this anonymous, and they can have a two-way dialogue with us. We'll keep it that way.
"For whatever reason, people do not like talking to police or there's that stigma of talking to police. This is another way of improving our relationship. We have to connect. That's all there is to it."
Mr. Farrell said the app will allow citizens an easy way to submit a tip. They can go to the type of offense, such was what type of crime, when, where, suspect name, appearance, clothing, etc.
"There's also an opportunity for you to upload a picture," Mr. Farrell said.
The program also will include a way to measure the threat assessment, depending on the information provided with the tip. "Our idea is to investigate and evaluate," Lt. Morgan said. "We're here to be preventive and proactive and stop what may happen."
Assistant Chief Schaeffer said more details will be forthcoming on how people can download the application.
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.