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Molalla to offer smartphone communication updates via app for local residents

The Molalla Police Department introduced a new multi-media tool that provides area Molalla residents all kinds of information. The new app, known as USPDhub, is for Android and Apple smartphones.

It's a voluntary, free program that can be added to smartphones by scanning the QR code to install. If that isn't possible, users can go to the phone's app store and type in MOLALLA PD in the search box and there it is, according to Molalla's Police Chief Rod Lucich.

Residents can send information, such as a report, ask for extra patrols, and get ride-along and/or report requests, let officers know that people are on vacation for look-out patrols or send officer compliment or complaint requests. It also will get the word out on police information and bulletins. Or residents can press the first button on the app to call in reports for the business line or questions.

It also contains a calendar of events, a few pictures, police bulletins, wanted criminals, people who've gone missing or city bulletins. There's also a tab for social links such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Plus, it's available for residents who are looking for city, county or state agencies such as anything from animal control to the city or county district attorney along with the Molalla Municipal Code.

According to Lucich, this isn't a static tool. As new things happen, or bulletins and information comes up, it will be added on to the app. In addition, some things will continue to build. For example, right now there are only a few pictures on the app. Those will increase.

After logging in, users can access on-line forms, frequently used resource numbers, tip-line information for wanted suspects and the ability to report such suspects.

The more people participating in the voluntary, free program will make the program more successful and useful.

For more information, contact Rhonda Lee at 503-829-8817.

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