The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center has released a free mobile app to connect with members of the county through their smartphones and tablets.

Sheriff Kerry Lee noted the new app will allow the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to quickly disseminate alerts and post news about missing persons, traffic delays and weekly crime reports.

In the event of an emergency, app users receive instant notification via their mobile devices.

But Lee made a point of stressing, “This app is not intended to replace calling 911 for crimes and emergencies in progress. Continue to use 911 if you are experiencing an emergency situation.”

With the new app, however, citizens can easily send comments, crime tips and place calls to the Sheriff’s office with the touch of a button. They can notify the department about suspicious activity and easily send images such as graffiti through the app. Lee said, “You might say this app is an electronic “neighborhood watch.”

Anyone using Android, Windows or Apple platforms can download the app by going to the app store icon on your device and searching Lincoln County Sheriff.

“The app provides an easy-to-use method for two-way communication between our department and community members,” Lee said. “It’s a valuable tool for keeping Lincoln County safe and informed.”

The app can also be used by the Sheriff’s office to post photos, images, bulletins, news, road conditions, a calendar of events, even conduct community surveys.

News that is distributed through the app can also be set to automatically post on the department’s social media accounts and distributed to the news media.