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Forces get £2m for crime alert systems on smartphones

A £2m project to develop digital methods for the public to contact police, is being developed by Hampshire and the Thames Valley forces.

The cash has come from a UK government innovation fund.

The forces will use the money to develop new apps for smart phones and tablets and a text service for people to report crime and incidents to them.

The new means of contact is aimed to complement calling 101 or going into a police station.

The money will also be spent on text and speech analytics and advanced mapping to give call handlers detailed information about the person contacting them and their location.

The forces plan to have the new services up and running from 2015.

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