Franklin County Sheriff and Circuit Clerk both add smartphone apps

Two Franklin County offices are taking a giant step into the 21st Century.

In an effort to utilize technology that is available and to keep the public better informed the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Franklin County Circuit Clerk’s office have both added separate apps that are specific to each office.

Captain Kyle Bacon, who has handled the project for the Sheriff’s Office, said TheSheriffApp.com serves more than 500 public safety agencies throughout the US and Canada.

“Now more than ever, apps are used to communicate information,” Bacon said. “We are very excited to utilize the Franklin County Sheriff’s App to better communicate with the communities that we serve. This new app will provide an avenue for the Sheriff’s Office to increase transparency by utilizing technology for public awareness and information regarding public safety.”
Bacon said the app is being paid for through funds from the jail’s commissary and will not be any cost to taxpayers.
The Sheriff’s App is a free download on both iPhone and Android phones. Simply go to your App Store and download Franklin County Illinois Sheriff

Features to be utilized on the Sheriff’s app include:

Push Notifications (weather, events, immediate public safety issues)
Tip Submission
Most Wanted / Warrants
Sex Offender Searches / Mapping
Press Releases
Info Regarding Sheriff Sales
NWS – Weather Integration Services
Recruitment
Contact / Directory
Inmate Commissary Services

Franklin County Circuit Clerk Jim Muir said the Circuit Clerk app will be an invaluable tool to help residents who utilize the office and court system.

“To me it’s just a matter of common sense to utilize technology that is available to us,” said Muir. “The Circuit Clerk App will allow users to check for court cases on Judici, pay on a fine or traffic ticket, get Zoom court information, check the daily court docket and many more things. It’s just an unbelievable asset that folks can have on their phone all in one place.”

Muir said the Circuit Clerk App is being paid for through interest from bond money that was invested and will be no cost to taxpayers.

Features to be utilized on the Circuit Clerk’s App include:

Push Notifications (weather, events, immediate public safety issues)
Judici to search court cases
Daily court docket
Pay a fine or ticket electronically
Inmate search and inmate release notification
Zoom Court instructions
Link to the Franklin County website
Downloadable court forms
E-File information
Jury Duty Information
Online resources for self-help litigants
Women’s Advocacy information
Filing fees

The Circuit Clerk App is a free download on both iPhone and Android phones. Simple go your App Store and download Franklin County Illinois Circuit Clerk.

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“It gives our students an opportunity to perform with a larger choir,” Alstat-Sanders said. “We will be able to combine additional voices and have more selection.”

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