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The Fresno County Sheriff - Coroner’s Office understands many people rely solely on their mobile devices to access information, so we recently partnered with Apex Mobile to develop a mobile app.

It brings the convenience of many features commonly accessed on the Fresno County Sheriff’s website, as well as some new features.  The following is a list of the functions offered inside the app.

- Report graffiti

- Search for inmates

- Request house checks

- Apply for CCW permits

- Contact Valley Crime Stoppers with tips

- Access to a contact directory for Sheriff’s Office staff

- Apply for jobs

- Create a catalog of your personal property

- Check frequently asked questions

- Submit questions and comments

- Engage in social media

- Acknowledge a staff member

- Report a crime online

- Access Megan’s Law

- Sign up for Seconds 2 Survive, our active shooter training program

- Review crime activity reported in neighborhoods

The app is now available to download for free through Google Play and the App Store.  In the search, type "Fresno Sheriff."  It can also be accessed on a computer by visiting https://www.apexmobile.net/app/fresno-county-sheriff-coroners-office/

The Sheriff’s Office is constantly looking at ways to improve communication with the public in an accurate and timely manner.  We already utilize Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Nextdoor on a regular basis.  We would like to make the public aware of another tool we may use to contact them, it’s called Everbridge.  This mass notification service allows us to inform everyone of potential safety hazards or concerns happening in Fresno County.  Everbridge has the capability of delivering messages through phone calls, texts and emails.  We encourage all residents to opt-in to this free service by self-registering online.  Your personal information will not be used or shared for any other purposes.  Register at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085614497#/signup

A link to this Everbridge site is also available on our website home page, www.fresnosheriff.org  

Once registered, you may download Everbridge’s app called “ContactBridge.” It’s free and available at the App Store and Google Play.

Everbridge also operates the service called Nixle.  This also allows residents to receive alerts to their mobile devices.  A keyword will be assigned to certain events.  The public can to stay up to date by texting that keyword to “888777.”  One example the Sheriff’s Office has used is “FRESNOALERTS.”  This opt-in method does not require personalized registration.  It can be enabled and disabled at any time through texting.

Lastly, our Everbridge subscription also gives us the ability to distribute emergency messages through the Integrated Public Alert & Warning System or IPAWS.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA developed this technology to serve as an all-hazard warning system.  Citizens who are in a specific region where an emergency has been identified, will receive a direct text notification to their mobile phones that contains valuable information.  IPAWS uses wireless phone towers to distribute messages to those who are currently in an area or later enter the area where the hazard is taking place.  This works much like the existing AMBER Alert program generated through Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  Opt-in registration is not required to receive messages through IPAWS. 

 

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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