Surrey

Local crime reports on Surrey Police mobile phone app

A mobile phone application which allows people to find out what their local officers are doing is to be piloted by Surrey Police.

The smartphone app will also give people information about what crime is happening in their area.

Ch Supt Gavin Stephens said the project was currently in development and due to be piloted in the Runnymede area next month.

If it is successful, it will be rolled out across Surrey in the long-term.

'Fantastic opportunity'

Mr Stephens said: "We are always looking for new ways for people to engage with their local teams.

"This is a fantastic opportunity and shows we are looking to utilise new technology and social media to help us meet both the demands of modern day policing and the demands of the public."

He said even though the application was only a pilot at this stage, the force was very excited about its potential.

"In a time when police budgets are stretched, this application offers a simple and cost effective way of helping us engage with the public," he added.

The application is being developed by an independent UK-based social and mobile software specialist.

Next month, police staff and officers will start to use the phones and software before the app is made available for free public download.

Surrey Police said the application had been supported by the Home Office which had appointed Surrey as one of five "trailblazer" forces across the country to develop and work on ways to deliver greater local transparency.

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