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FISHERS, Ind.- The city of Fishers now has a new way to stop criminals. The Fishers Police Department Crimewatch app allows residents and workers in Fishers to report in real time tips on suspicious activities to officers on patrol. The app lets users even take a picture of a suspicious person or vehicle, which is then sent directly to an officer in the field.

“Members of our community will be able to communicate live with the officers that patrol the streets of Fishers,” said Captain Ed Gebhart of the Fishers Police Department, who helped launch the app. He says the app will help bridge the communications gap between the community and the police who are sworn to protect it.

Once a user has submitted a tip through the app, an officer is dispatched to investigate the complaint. Once the situation has been looked into, a report is sent to the user who submitted the tip, letting them know what happened and that their concern has been addressed.

“I’ve tried it out, and it’s very simplistic,” said Karen Cohn, a longtime Fishers resident.

The app is currently available for download and is free to the public, but a Fishers address is required in order to set up an account.