Northern Virginia police have new app for reporting suspicious activity

Want to tip police to some suspicious activity in Northern Virginia? There’s now an app for that.

The police department has joined with other law enforcement agencies in Northern Virginia to launch iWatchNOVA; an internet portal that allows people to use their smart phone to alert officers to activities that might indicate criminal activity. These might be people who seem to be casing a location, or taking pictures of critical infrastructure or security checkpoints.

The app allows you to provide details and also upload photos. The Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center (NVRIC) then collects, evaluates, analyzes and distributes that information to 18 jurisdictions in Northern Virginia: Arlington County; City of Alexandria; City of Fairfax; City of Falls Church; City of Manassas; City of Manassas Park; Dulles International Airport; Fairfax County; Loudoun County; Prince William County; Ronald Reagan National Airport; Town of Dumfries; Town of Haymarket; Town of Herndon; Town of Leesburg; Town of Occoquan; Town of Purcellville; and the Town of Vienna.

The iWatchNOVA app is free for IOS or Android devices and downloaders can choose to remain anonymous. You can also make reports through the iWatchNOVA website.




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