Hopkins Seal 01 300HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (1/15/19) — Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office has a new mobile phone app that is now available for download on Android or Apple devices on Google Play Store.

Sheriff Matt Sanderson made the announcement this morning during a Hopkins Fiscal Court meeting at the Government Center. The free app features widgets to obtain information to pay taxes, view recent arrests, most wanted individuals in the county, sex offenders, CCDW license, HCSO website, etc.

The “Hopkins County Sheriff” app also features a widget to generate exact location from a mobile phone regarding longitude and latitude, so police and emergency personnel could possibly reach someone quicker during an emergency. There is also an alert feature for missing people, NOAA weather or someone at large that authorities are seeking.

“I think it will be handy,” the sheriff said. “It’s something we’ve been working on for a couple of months. People will be able to look at recent arrests … it refreshes every couple of hours. The most wanted feature also will help us … and you can submit crime tips on the app,” which are directed to HCSO email.

Sanderson said drug bust funds were used to develop the new app. Other police agencies in the state have similar apps including Kentucky State Police and Bell County Sheriff’s Office.

App 2Everybody has a cell phone in their hand, and I think it’s just an easier way for people to get information,” he said. “It’s very simple to use … and, it’s the way of the future.”

In other business, the county approved Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield’s appointment of Jason Vincent to serve on the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp. Board through June 30, 2020. Vincent is the assistant director and program coordinator for Pennyrile Area Development District.

Fiscal Court approved two pauper burials on recommendation of County Attorney Byron Hobgood, and contract requests from Jailer Mike Lewis for Combined Public Communications based in Cincinnati for inmate phone services and $5,000 for four-year use of soft skills boot camp training software for jail residents. Commissary profits will be used to fund the training program. The jail receives a percentage of phone minutes purchased through the phone company.

Amanda Wilson, the Madisonville office field representative for U.S. Rep. James Comer, announced she will be available 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at Madisonville City Hall for community concerns related to veterans or Social Security.

Community Development Director Mike Duncan announced the third annual Collegiate Archery Tournament will be held Thursday-Sunday at the West Kentucky Archery Complex, featuring competitors from 10-12 colleges from surrounding states.

Whitfield proclaimed Jan. 21 as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Jan. 16 as Religious Freedom Day.

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