How cops and mayors are making the most of Pokémon Go

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City officials across the country are using the gaming craze to educate and engage with the public – and have some fun.

By J.B. Wogan | Governing

Yesterday wasn’t the first time the police in Prince William County, Va., warned citizens to stop looking at their phones while crossing the street and driving. But it was the first time they used cartoon characters to do it.

When news outlets began covering the craze over Pokémon Go — a newly available game on smartphones that has quickly become one of the most popular apps in the world — Sgt. Jonathan Perok saw a golden opportunity to reinforce some public safety messages.


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