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LHPD launches social media outreach program

The La Habra Police Department announced the premiere of their new smart phone app, LHPD Connect, at the last city council meeting on March 2.  LHPD PAtch
The idea to invent an app surfaced over a year ago when Police Chief Jerry Price decided he wanted the police department to be more connected with the community through social media.  LHPD currently has a Facebook page, a Twitter page and the app, which can be downloaded through both iOS and Android.
“Our goal is to have an updated platform with which to communicate with the community,” said LHPD employee David Gonzalez. “Communication is shifting towards social media, so that’s where we’re going.”
Features of the app include news updates, alerts, crime maps, opportunities to send in anonymous tips, video and links to the Facebook profile and city communication website.  The app also features positive stories in policing and links to similar stories on the Behind the Badge OC app.
“The app is another way for people to connect with us,” said Gonzalez. “The Facebook page already has a very positive community feel to it. We are hoping for the same with the app.”
While the app focuses mainly on news and alerts within the city, the LHPD’s Facebook and Twitter accounts go a little more in depth with communication.
Newcomers to La Habra with inquiries about the nearest DMV or doctor’s office get their answers from the LHPD Facebook page.
The page also advertises upcoming events with the police department, such as the Saturday morning “Coffee with the Cop” event. This is an opportunity for the community to casually approach the police officers about questions or comments related to the city.  The next one will take place Saturday, March 21, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Starbucks on Harbor and La Habra Boulevard.
The police department has a new phone number: (562)383-4300 to be used for any official business matters.

By Taylor Engle/La Habra Journal

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