BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia is announcing the launch of the Bloomfield Police Department's new smartphone app, which will allow residents to securely and anonymously report crimes and suspicious activity and receive important information from the BPD wherever they are. Bloomfield is among the first communities in the state to launch a police app and the platform will assist in the BPD's mission of fostering greater communication and trust between police and the community in order to keep Bloomfield safe. The app is now available for both Apple and Android devices in their respective app stores and can be found by searching "Bloomfield PD."

"Our Bloomfield Police Department is constantly working to stay on the cutting edge of law enforcement and this new app will help them meet that goal while continuing to make our community safer," said Mayor Venezia. "I encourage all Bloomfield residents to download the BPD app and to always let our officers know if they see anything suspicious, because community participation is the key to continuing to lower crime here in Bloomfield."

The BPD app is accompanied by an anonymous text based crime tip tool that the department has also launched. Residents can anonymously report any issues by texting "BloomfieldPD" followed by the report and sending it to 847411. Anonymous tips can also be submitted on the BPD's website at bloomfieldpdnj.com. BPD Lt. Vincent Kerney coordinated the projects.

"Any means of communication between the police and the community we serve is a tremendous asset in building community trust and community partnerships," said Bloomfield Police Director Samuel DeMaio. "We are looking forward to receiving more information from residents and using these new technologies to continue making our community safe."