Albany PD and Albany Tech launch security apps

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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) — Agencies in Albany are working to make their community safer — the 21st century way.

The Albany Police Department (APD) and Albany Technical College (ATC) have both created safety apps for Good Life City users.

ATC’s security app offers various features and serves as a campus mass communication app.

Lashawnda Ethridge is the chief of police at Albany Technical College.

“It was really set up to be a resource for students. Where it gives students the opportunity to receive guidance from us,” Ethridge said. “Also get, you know, if something happens on campus, we can send a notification and everyone gets it at the same time. They can also send us tips.

The app also shares school emergency plans so you know what to do in the event of a bomb threat or if there’s an active shooter on campus.

One of the app’s most unique features is the “Friend Walk” feature.

“They can do like a feature called ‘Friend Walk.’ Where if they were on campus and they wanted someone to be able to see where they are and watch them as they walk to their next location, they can do it. So the bottom line is safety,” Ethridge said.

APD also recently decided to use modern technology to its advantage with an app aimed at connecting with Albany residents.

Citizens can use it to submit tips, view press releases, access “Be On The Lookouts” and more.

Sylah Ferguson is the Albany Police Department Public Information Officer. Ferguson said the app shouldn’t replace people calling 911 in an emergency.(WALB)

Sylah Ferguson is the Albany Police Department Public Information Officer.

“So when suspects are wanted or you just need to be on the lookout for those particular people, we just want to let it be known in a quick and efficient way. Camera Connect is where you can submit your address so you could be monitored. Your address may be monitored for things like suspects who might be in that area,” she said.

Ferguson said this app shouldn’t replace people calling 911 in an emergency.

Both apps are accessible through the Apple Store.

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