New app used by police to reduce crime

New app used by police to reduce crime

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Lucy Elder

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New app used by police to reduce crime

An app is being used by Thames Valley Police to help reduce crime.

The Facewatch App, which works on any smartphone, will be used by police to circulate pictures of people they want to speak to in connection with low-level crime.

It is free to download and users can search for images via postcode.

“If they recognise anyone they can choose to submit information, in confidence or openly, via their smartphone directly to the police by clicking ‘Identify’," said Chief Inspector Colleen Lavery.

A number of forces, including the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police, British Transport Police and Surrey Police already use the app.

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