P3 app gives students the ability to fight crime

Elijah Reichle,  Staff Writer  –  Students in Citrus County now have a way to report crimes one the move. The Citrus County School District has uploaded the P3 app on every student’s iPad. The app is a direct link to Crime Stoppers, which is an organization affiliated with local law enforcement that allows users to submit tips anonymously. The app allows one to create his or her own password and requires basic information like location before use.

Deputy Weaks shows LHS freshman John Sams how to use the P3 tips app.

School Resource Officer Deputy Weaks shows LHS freshman John Sams how to use the P3 tips app.

Lecanto HIgh School [LHS] SRO Deputy Daniel Weaks believes that the app is very important.

“It’s a way for everyone to report crime in school; another way than having to call the Sheriff’s Office,” said Weaks.

A lot of students have been unaware that the app has been on their iPads. LHS assistant principal Kathy Androski wants to get the word out more about this useful app.

“I think we need to promote more. We need to find ways to let more people know about this app,” said Androski.

LHS junior Andy Garcia had positive feelings towards the app.

“The app is definitely helpful. I think it’s cool that any one of us students can put in an anonymous response right from our iPads,” Garcia said.

The P3 app isn’t just for students. Community members can download the P3 tips app on their electronic devices. The app is not only in the Apple Store, but in the Google Play Store as well.

LHS Principal Jason Koon believes the P3 app is very beneficial to authorities.

“It increases the number of tips authorities can use to solve crimes,” said Koon.