The Naugatuck Police Department launched the iWatchNaugatuck mobile application which will allow residents to provide anonymous tips to law enforcement officials from any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile/cellular device. The application may be downloaded for free by searching iWatch Naugatuck in the app store of various cell phones such as iPhone, Android and/or Blackberries. The link to enroll on the web can be accessed here. Tips can also be reported directly through the Borough’s website by linking here.
The project is the result of collaboration between the Naugatuck Police Department (“NPD”) and the Naugatuck Board of Education (“BoE”). NPD Lieutenant Robert Harrison and BoE Information Technology Director Alan Merly worked with national IWatch officials to bring the program to Naugatuck. The Board of Mayor and Burgesses authorized execution of an agreement with iWatch, which has partnered with other communities throughout the United States. Bridgeport was the first municipality in Connecticut to participate, and others are exploring implementing similar programs.
The NPD issued a press release about iWatchNaugatuck today (11/9/2012) which is available here. Several details associated with the application are explained therein. There is also a 311 system that allows residents to report public works issues such as potholes, downed trees or sanitation issues to name a few. It is expected that iWatchNaugatuck will be unveiled in Naugatuck High School and City Hill Middle School in the coming weeks. Please feel free to enroll your computing device and/or download the application to your smart phone and begin to familiarize yourself with the many useful features.