New Facewatch App
New Facewatch App set to bring CCTV images to your phone
An effective new app designed to allow members of the public help solve crime, has been launched in Northamptonshire by Facewatch.
In the relentless pursuit to detect crime, Northamptonshire Police anticipate that the application – which has been developed by Facewatch – will allow members of the public to view images and CCTV shots on their phone or an internet browser and help identify people they recognise at the click of a button.
The images, which are uploaded directly by officers onto the app, are ‘people of interest’ – meaning they are sought in connection with an incident or active investigation and the officers would like the public’s help in identifying who they are.
This new development forms part of a wider focus by the Force on ‘Justice’, where more information relating to crimes will be made available to the public.
The faces of Northamptonshire’s most wanted people can be seen online in the Most Wanted section. This section allows the police to appeal to the public for information about certain people, officers either want to speak with in connection to an offence or are wanted on a warrant for failing to appear at court or on recall to prison.
The public will also be kept updated with the details of court sentences which will be available to view online.
The Facewatch app will also be available on officers’ BlackBerry phones, so that they can view the images while they are out and about on duty. The images can also be viewed through the police website: http://www.northants.police.uk/justice
It is expected that the simple yet effective app, will prove highly popular. The app works when a user inputs their postcode into the front screen. They can then select a radius of up to five miles from that post code. The user will then see a number of images connected to incidents in their selected area with a function for providing information anonymously to the police.
If an image is known to the viewer they have the opportunity to enter the name and or address of the person shown which is then sent immediately, and confidentially, to the police. The Facewatch app works across all smart phones with internet connection and is free to download from the Apple App Store, Android Google Play and BlackBerry App World. It is also available through the Facewatch website at www.facewatchid.co.uk