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Salisbury PD Proposes Ping4Alerts Technology

Chief Barbara Duncan shows the Ping4Alerts app. Chief Barbara Duncan shows the Ping4Alerts app.


SALISBURY, Md.-We've all experienced it; the headache of getting stuck in traffic. But the Salisbury Police Department is looking at an app to keep people in the know while staying safe. 

"We designate block by block areas to send messages to any Smartphone, iPhone, or Android device," said police Chief Barbara Duncan.

"Our entire city government can use it, public works can use it to send out notifications for example on a water main break, we can use it for all types of traffic hazards," Duncan explained, "we can use it for crime trends that we are seeing in specific neighborhoods and information out to people where it matters the most."

Duncan went on to say that the technology is not in Salisbury yet. She said the department is looking to spend about $4000 using speed camera funds.

That's an idea James Pilchard of Salisbury said he's all for since it pertains to public safety.

"I understand the need to be able to release information in a timely fashion to the public," Pilchard said, "the more eyes you can put on a situation or the more people you can keep away from a problem area the better it is for everybody"

While some people like Pilchard think the proposed app technology is a good idea, some other people tell WBOC that they'd rather see money coming from speed cameras going towards something else.

"Put the money into our schools, for education, more police on the streets and more surveillance to keep the crime down in our communities," said Tyler Bivens.

Duncan said, she plans to take the proposal before the council sometime in February .

If approved, Duncan said the technology in Salisbury would be one of its kind in the region. 


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