Surrey Police have launched an app helping the public to report crimes and monitor police activity
"A crime fighting iPhone app that provides real-time policing updates and non-emergency contact information was launched by Surrey Police today. The force hopes the free app will reduce cases of wasting police time and improve public awareness of the police’s work. The app, developed by UK independent mobile software specialist Multizone, provides one-click access to the relevant phone numbers, social media and email contacts as well as crime reporting facilities..."
"Surrey Police has introduced a free iPhone app, built using the Appcelerator Titanium development tool, which delivers local crime and policing information using open government data.
Developed by Multizone, an independent UK-based social and mobile software specialist, the app enables people to see local information in real time without having to sign up to a website or search Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, or Facebook."
Peter Williams, Chairman of Surrey Police Authority said that the app would be a useful new way to connect residents to their police force.
“In my view this simple approach is the right one for our county," he told The Huffington Post UK. "The most recent British Crime Survey showed that Surrey has the highest percentage of residents who believe that the Police and local authorities seek their views... We know that the ways the public look to contact and find information about the police are changing and it is essential that we adapt and innovate to reflect that."
As well as allowing people to see where their neighbourhood officers are and what they are working on, the app can help users contact police with information about local events. Policing Minister Nick Herbert said:
"We want to provide communities with the information they need so that they are empowered to work together with the police to tackle the issues that matter to them locally."
Surrey Police have invited public feedback on their crime fighting skills with the introduction of a new app for Android, Blackberry and iPhone handsets. The simply titled Surrey Police app will allow smartphone owners to trace the location of their local copper and rate whether they think their deployment is an appropriate use of police time.
Police officers supply the live feed side of the application, presumably when they’re not on really important jobs like a drugs raid or an Irish bar crawl, by selecting from a list of activities they’re up to. Public users of the app can rate the activity’s importance to them by using a sliding scale.
Speaking on the launch of the innovative scheme, Surrey Chief Superintendent Gavin Stephens said,
“Members of the public, who are ever busier and more mobile, use our services differently now and at a time of stretched police budgets, this application offers a simple and cost-effective way of helping us engage with them.”
The new solution - dubbed 'Surrey Police Beat' - allows end users to view what crimes are happening on their streets in a convenient format and, for the first time, gives live updates on where and how neighbourhood police teams are taking action.
Following a successful trial by police staff and officers in Runnymede, the app is now available for free public download from the Apple iPhone App Store and will soon be available for the Google Android market and BlackBerry. It can currently only be used in the pilot area, but it's hoped to eventually have a countywide roll-out.
"This morning I attended the launch of a fantastic new mobile phone application that has been developed by @Multizone in close consultation with Surrey Police."
Surrey Police turns to UK software specialist Multizone to create innovative mobile App for the public to help fight crime
…Launch marks the completion of the first Home Office mobile policing innovation project...
SURREY, England – Tuesday 23rd August 2011 - In a revolutionary step for UK policing, Multizone Limited, an independent UK based social and mobile software specialist, announced the availability of its free iPhone application for Surrey Police which will enable people to see local information in real time without having to sign up to a website or search Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, or Facebook.
"The app is totally well-intentioned. It's supposed to give residents a sense of security - and also a heads up - about ... how the police are responding"
An new police app takes the game of cops and robbers to a different level: concerned citizens – plus hooligans, miscreants and various and sundry – in Surrey, U.K. can now see where the police are.
"Wonder if the app has them check in à la Foursquare when they’re on breaks so you can see how often and where they stop off for a spot of tea."
The software says what neighbourhood officers are working on through live updates, and lets users contact them.
The interactive app allows people to see where their neighbourhood officers are and what they are working on.
Policing Minister Nick Herbert said the technology will help deliver greater transparency.
"We want to provide communities with the information they need so that they are empowered to work together with the police to tackle the issues that matter to them locally," he said.
"Ch Supt Gavin Stephens said: "Residents will be able to access the services of their Safer Neighbourhood Team from the comfort of their sofas, as a distraction to the daily commute or a debating point in the pub. We are literally putting policing in their pockets."
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Residents of Runnymede can now follow the goings-on of their local plod on a free iPhone app, assuming plod decides to record his location on his Huawei-supplied handset.
An application that will enable smartphone users to track their neighbourhood police officers has been launched by Surrey Police. The Surrey Police Beat app enables residents to find out where their neighbourhood police officers are, what they are working on and even to vote on their policing priorities.
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Surrey Police CC Mark Rowley said:
"There has been a lot of bad publicity recently about Twitter and policing and today we can turn all that on its head. What we are trying to do with Surrey Police Beat is to make visible what their local officers are doing for them on a day to day basis. It also allows the public to comment, so it is a two-way flow and it is more dynamic that anything we have had before."
Angus Fox, Director at Multizone said:
"Other forces are all watching to see what happens in Surrey. We have lots of support from the Home Office, the NPIA and from ACPO, who are keen to help us take it out to more forces, with their guidance. There is interest from a range of different forces to Surrey, including Scottish forces, so it is making us think about developing its capability," he added.
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People in Surrey are able to find out where their nearest police officer is, what they are up to, and can even contact them directly if they need to via a new mobile phone app.
A short YouTube video introducing Surrey Police Beat