Wednesday, April 18, 2012
London’s Metropolitan Police have developed a phone app, allowing people to identify criminals in their neighborhood at the flick of a switch. Police hope the new app will greatly increase arrests in the UK capital.
The new program, named Facewatch ID, which can be downloaded on to Blackberries, iPhones and Android devices, shows users photos of wanted individuals in the area.
Once the user has entered a postcode they are granted access to a police database of 2,000 photos and CCTV images. The app also allows people to send confidential information straight to the police if they think they have spotted a suspect.
Simon Gordon, chairman of Facewatch Ltd and one of the developers of the new application, said Facewatch ID would be available for free for “any police force in the UK and would play its part in ensuring a safer capital for the Olympics.”