MILWAUKEEE — The Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) announced Wednesday it has launched a school safety smartphone app to help keep Milwaukee students safe and informed.
According to MPD, the application will notify students of public safety incidents that occur near their schools, and provide students with the ability to notify police of suspicious activity.
The app allows police to send geo-fenced push notification alerts when a public safety issue occurs nearby a school. This includes texts, photos,, videos, documents, and voice recordings.
Students can also begin an anonymous two-way text conversation with an MPD officer.
“We are extremely excited to have launched a new initiative with Atlas One,” said Milwaukee Police Chief, Jeffrey Norman. “We now have the ability to send real-time incident and crime notifications to an area as small as a school, allowing us to get the right information to the right people in real-time. This technology will help keep our most vulnerable population, our youth, safer.”
The iOS and Android app is free.
According to MPD, here is how it works:
- Download the free iOS [apps.apple.com] or Android [play.google.com] Atlas One App
- Tap “GET STARTED” to create your Atlas One profile
- Share your location or add favorite places, such as your school, to get geo-fenced alerts
- If an alert occurs nearby your current location, or your school, the app will send a push notification alert
- Users can easily share anonymous crime tips and suspicious activity, and even enter into a two-way text conversation
MPD partnered with Atlas One for the app.