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Ada police endorse free alert app

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The Noonlight app lets users contact the nearest law enforcement agency without making a phone call. (KTEN) The Noonlight app lets users contact the nearest law enforcement agency without making a phone call. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- Do you have a smartphone? Ada police recommend that you download an app to enhance your personal safety.

Noonlight gives users a way to notify police without having to make a phone call. Holding your thumb down on the screen alerts the closest law enforcement to your location.

"If you feel in danger or you're afraid of something, or you think something might happen, you open the app and it gives you a place to put your thumb," explained police Capt. Jason Potter.

Even if you eventually take your thumb off the screen or your phone gets knocked out of your hand, the app will first send a text, and then will call you. If you don't answer, Noonlight will alert police.

"They call the closest law enforcement agency, give them the information that you provided to the app, and give them your GPS coordinates," Potter said, adding that the technology could be especially useful in sexual or domestic abuse scenarios.

"If there's something out there that we can give our victims or our survivors to ease their mind or letting them know that they're in control, they need to use that app," he said.

Noonlight is a free download in the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and on Google Play for Android device users.

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