ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A new cell phone application launched by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is offering amore efficient way to get immediate information to users.
Since theapp launched on Black Friday it already has over 2,000 engagedusers.
"It's a growing technology we are constantly working to change it, there's a lot of forward thinking with the technology," said Sergeant Catherine Payne of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.
The app provides alerts to users about anything important or urgent incidents happening on the roads or in their neighborhoods that can be narrowed geographically. It's a one-way communicator right now, but the app also provides access to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page and other social media sites.
"We do receive tips through our social media through Facebook and the app ties all of our social media together as well as our website," said Payne.
It's a tool that's giving new hope to 15-year-old Haley Smith's family. The driver who hit and killed Smith is still at large.
"We don't understand why or how someone could injure her and just leave her," said Jo-Lee Manning, Haley's mother.
Manning says her daughter would have turned 16 this coming Saturday. She says Haley had big plans for her Sweet 16 and was looking forward to the holidays.
"Haley was full of life and was always willing to help people whether she knew them or not," said Manning.
Now Manning is the one asking for help and this app could link someone who knows something to the Sheriff's Office.
"Life can change in the blink of an eye and it could be you in front of cameras asking for help and I just ask that they do the right thing," said Manning.
Crime stoppers has increased the reward for any tip leading to an arrest in Haley Smith's case to $6,000.
Deputies are looking for a small pickup that could have damage to the passenger side headlight area. They say it may also have a missing or recently replaced passenger side mirror. There may also be damage to the passenger side windshield.
If you have any information that can help, call Crimestoppers.
The number is 888-277-TIPS.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office app is free. To download it, go to your app store and search for 'SJSO.'