COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Department of Public Safety wants you to be better prepared in an emergency and make it easier to report suspicious activity.
In a statement Thursday, ODPS is encouraging the public to download its “Safer Ohio” phone app. The application is a multi-function, mobile public safety tool for reporting suspicious activity, requesting emergency or roadside help and monitoring traffic conditions.
The Safer Ohio Phone App is part of the ODPS Safer Ohio Initiative. This App has the “See Something, Send Something” function, which allows people to report information and send photos of suspicious activity to Ohio Homeland Security. The app includes a button for connecting with a 911 dispatcher, a function which dispatches the Ohio State Highway Patrol or other law enforcement officer to a non-emergency traffic situation, and connection with the Ohio Department of Transportation’s OHGO application for real-time traffic reports throughout Ohio.
ODPS reminds you that if you have an emergency you should always call 911 first.
“Through the Safer Ohio Phone App, anyone in Ohio can provide critical information to our 24/7 public safety intelligence analysts that can potentially save lives and protect critical infrastructure,” said John Born, ODPS Director. “This app also allows another way for the general public to connect with law enforcement to receive non-emergency assistance.”
The app is available through the Apple App Store or on Google Play.