People in Northamptonshire now have the ability to assist the police in identifying ‘people of interest’ from their smartphones by downloading the new Facewatch ID app.
The app has been designed to enable the general public to view a number of CCTV images, uploaded by the Northamptonshire Police CCTV team, of suspected criminals who are sought in connection with an incident or active investigations.
The user can narrow down searches by choosing a radius of up to five miles, once a specific postcode has been inputted. If they are able to identify a suspected criminal, they have the option to confidentially upload any information they may have. The app will also be available on officers’ BlackBerry phones, enabling them to view images while they are out on duty.
“Mobile phone technology, social networking and real-time communications are all part of modern life. As a Force we recognise that the demand for this must be met with modern day policing,” said Superintendent Dave Hill, head of organisational delivery at Northamptonshire Police. “The application will not only help us solve more crime, but will also allow members of the public to play an active part in it.”
Following its launch in 2012 by the Metropolitan and Surrey Police, the app has already shown success, as from June to December the Metropolitan Police received over 180 positive IDs.