HOUMA, La. (AP) — Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis says a new smartphone application launched last month has helped police nab some criminals.

Duplantis told The Courier that a tipster used the app to provide key evidence in the investigation of an Aug. 23 shooting. Another app user alerted police to the presence at a local fast food restaurant of a woman wanted on several warrants.

Sending in crime tips isn't the app's only feature. Users also receive real-time notification of crime in their area on their mobile phones.

Duplantis said a crime message on the app contains basic information about the crime, including the time, place and any suspect descriptions available.

The app also features a calendar listing dates of Houma seat belt checks and a link to the department's Facebook page.