GMP launches UK’s first location-based phone app for policing

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has launched the UK’s first location-based policing mobile phone app.

Jan 31, 2013
By Paul Jacques

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has launched the UK’s first location-based policing mobile phone app.

The app uses geo-location technology to allow people to contact the force directly from their phone app and have easy access to local police information.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This is a real step forwards in using technology to support policing and gives people the chance to help us at any time and any place. They can find out what is happening where they are and be kept informed.

“It provides an enhanced service and we will be working on further developments. We want people to help us add to it with what will help them on a daily basis.”

The app provides access to information about the nearest police station and neighbourhood policing team information, officers’ details, meetings, student safety zones in Manchester and an ‘around me’ feature that plots news, appeals and wanted people nearby the user.

All appeals have the option for people to provide information on an easy-to-use form that goes directly to the force intelligence teams.

“We rely on the information that we get from people to help us to solve crimes,” said Detective Superintendent Mark Smith. “The app is a great addition that means people can send details no matter where they are, and help us to target criminals.”

The free app, available for the Apple iPhone, has been developed by GMP staff and can be downloaded from the Apple app store.

An Android version will be available in the spring. It can also be accessed through the GMP website which includes a ‘snap guide’ of how it can be used.

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