12 Awesome Apps to Help Fight Crime

Being a superhero is every child’s fantasy. But as people grow up, they realize that the real heroes are those fearless men and women who spend a good part of their lives patrolling our streets and maintaining peace and order, and some ‘ordinary’ citizens, who, through their actions, ably assist these badge-wielding crime fighters with their intelligence and bravery.Miscreants and evildoers are using the aid of modern technology to create disorder and unrest in our society, and we need to fight fire with fire. So whether you’re a police officer, an aspiring one, or just a Good Samaritan looking to lend a helping hand, here is a list of the most amazing police apps available.

The best criminal justice apps for citizens, the police force, and future officers:       

For Citizens

My Police Department

The beauty of the MyPD App, available for free on iOS and Android, is in its simplicity. An app that connects you to over 200 police departments across the length and breadth of the United States, this app is packed with 40 other crime-fighting features like access to ‘wanted’ lists, missing children’s information, a list of sex offenders and much, much more.

Live Safe

Animals face the heat of crime, too, and a lot of times this crime is more heinous than what us human beings face. Live Safe helps responsible citizens to report animal abuse in a quick and easy way, and is available on both platforms for free.

For Would-be Crime Fighters

Police Academy Study Guides

This free iPhone-only app gives you access to a plethora of study material to help you prepare for your police academy examinations. It includes multiple choice quizzes and games to help you learn better.

Smart Tools

This 6 App pack is the perfect companion for trainee officers. It contains a compass, a metal detector, a sound meter, a measuring tool, a light app, and a unit converter -all good things to have up your sleeve.


This guide gives you all the information you need on concealed carrying of weapons in all 50 states. The app is available for $1.99 on Android and iOS.


This free Android-only app gives you all the information you need on a variety of signals including Morse, Police Color/penal code signals and 10/11signals among others.

Forensics Guide

A complete compendium of forensics terminology, the Forensics Guide is only available on Android and will set you back$2.95. It’s a great resource for those who want to get familiar with the ins and outs of forensic science.

For Police Officers

Patrolman Vehicle’s Guide

The Patrolman Vehicle’s Guide is available on both Apple and Google OS’s and costs $1.99. This app provides an up-to-date database on all modern vehicles making easier to identify suspect cars.

Miranda Warnings/Rights

The Miranda Warnings/Rights app is a helpful tool designed to aid police officers in delivering Miranda rights and warnings perfectly and without a glitch. This app is android-only, and is free of cost.


Available for $3.99 on Android and $5.99 on iOS, US Cop is a police officer must-have. It contains thousands of pages worth of information on a variety of police-related topics such as accident investigation and law enforcement training.

Police One

This free app is an interesting tool for law enforcement personnel. It provides the latest news regarding law enforcement, has a slew of tips and guides, and expert articles regarding the subject.

Cargo Decoder

This free Apple, Android, and Blackberry app helps officials determine what cargo a truck is carrying by decoding DOT placards, especially handy in potentially hazardous situations.

So there you have it, 12 apps that are well worth your downloading efforts. If you want to help keep the streets safe, no matter in what capacity, then this is where you begin.

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