The Collier County (FL) Sheriffs Office rolled out its new iPhone app CCSO2go last month. At first blush this may not seem like that big of a deal, after all at the time of this blog post there are 377,555 apps available for the iPhone. But, the new CCSO2go iPhone app is a big deal in terms of how the Collier County S.O. is connecting with their customers/community.

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The CCSO2go iPhone app has a simple user interface that provides users a wealth of relevant information. The basic navigation tabs are at the bottom of the application and consist of news, traffic, arrests, social, and more tabs. The tabs are self explanatory in what information they provide, however, the traffic is real time and the arrest reports are updated daily. The more tab consists of opportunities to connect to the CCSO website (regular or mobile) as well as CCSO videos.

Captain Tim Guerrette is mostly responsible for the CCSO2go iPhone app, of course along with Sheriff Rambosk’s support. Both Guerrette and Rambosk understand that connecting with citizens is key to a successful law enforcement agency. Further connecting with citizens where they are at, such as Twitter, Facebook, and yes on the iPhone is critical since the world is becoming more mobile by the minute. Believe it or not there are relatively few official law enforcement agency apps in the iTunes App Store and Android App Market. Law enforcement around the United States and for that fact the World should take note of the CCSO2go iPhone app an see how they can reach out and connect to their communities better with mobile apps (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, etc). And in the end any mobile application is just part of a greater social media and law enforcement effort to connect with community.