A free app made available Tuesday allows Greenwood residents to get local weather and traffic alerts, submit tips to the Greenwood Police Department and request extra patrols, among many other features.

Available on the iTunes and Android platforms, the Greenwood Arkansas Police app serves as a way for the department to better serve citizens and to keep Greenwood residents informed about traffic delays, weather hazards and other issues affecting the city, said Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson.

"We’re hoping that this is another tool we can use to interact with the public," Dawson said. "Certainly, we want them to be involved."

The app coincides with the department’s Facebook page, which has more than 3,700 "likes." The department now also has its own Twitter handle, @GreenwoodPolic1, and is looking to redesign its website, www.greenwoodpd.org, Dawson said.

The department has seen success in using its Facebook page to identify suspects and alert people to traffic incidents, which led to a desire to create a Greenwood police app, Dawson said.

Although the app has only been available for a few days, it has already garnered several downloads, and feedback has been positive while the kinks get worked out, Dawson said.

The Greenwood Police Department advises that citizens not use the app in an emergency, but the app can be used to receive urgent updates and Amber alerts, submit anonymous tips, request extra patrol, review Greenwood city codes and ordinances, view local missing children, access the department and city services directory, view wanted suspects, view a listing of local sex offenders, record voice notes at a crime scene and send a photo tip.

The city of Greenwood will use $2,200 each year from its public-relations fund to make the app available, and at the end of the year will review the number of downloads and its use among the public to determine whether to renew its deal with the publication company, Dawson said.

The app is free to the public.