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.”
At present the app can only be used in the Runnymede area of Surrey, it is free to downloaded from the iTunes App Store and will be available soon for the Google Android Market and BlackBerry.
Life Of Android hopes this attempt at community policing goes just as well as Manchester Police’s attempt to tweet every report it received for 24 hours. That initiative spawned some brilliant one-liners such as the comedy gold below.
“Call 384 report of man holding baby over bridge – police immediately attended and it was man carrying dog that doesn’t like bridges #gmp24″