April 10, 2018  |  03:06 pm

Sheriff Randy Smith announced today (April 10) the release of a new smartphone app designed to help keep St. Tammany residents safe.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has partnered with New Orleans businessman Sidney Torres, to bring the same crime-reporting app successfully being used to combat crime in the French Quarter, to the Northshore.

Sheriff Smith invites St. Tammany residents to download the new App Task Force for FREE to their smartphones. The state-of-art smartphone app gives residents the ability to report crime and suspicious activity taking place in real time, drastically reducing the response time for deputies.

“This app makes our citizens true partners in the fight against crime in St. Tammany by giving them the ability to alert deputies of crimes as they are occurring,” Sheriff Smith said. "I am committed to using any tool available to help keep the citizens of this parish safe." 

The app uses geo-pinpointing software to provide deputies with an exact location of the reported activity and even gives residents the option to include photos and/or videos with their reports.

Added benefits of the app include the ability for the Sheriff’s Office to provide critical updates and local public safety alerts to residents.

“The addition of our new app sends yet another message to would-be criminals that our law-abiding citizens will not put up with crimes happening in their neighborhoods,” said Sheriff Smith. “Our residents now have a tool right at their fingertips to help fight crime.” 

The App Task Force is live now. We encourage all residents to download it onto their smartphones today.