Thames Valley Police use Facewatch App to reduce crime
Monday 12 May 2014, 8:00am
Want to support your community by identifying people and help make your neighbourhood safer? Download the Facewatch App!
From today (12/5), Thames Valley Police will be using the Facewatch App to upload pictures of unidentified people they would like to speak to in connection with low-level crime.
The App works on any smartphone, is free to download and the images are searchable by postcode.
Ch Insp Colleen Lavery, from Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, said: “The Facewatch App gives members of the public the opportunity to see images of people police would like to speak to in their neighbourhood.
“If they recognise anyone they can choose to submit information, in confidence or openly, via their smartphone directly to the police by clicking ‘Identify’.
“The App is already used by a number of forces across the country, including the Metropolitan Police Service, West Midlands Police, City of London Police, Surrey Police, Northamptonshire Police and British Transport Police.
“We hope residents in the Thames Valley will also download the App to help us reduce crime and keep their communities safe.”
Notes for editors:
Ch Insp Colleen Lavery is available for interview between 9am and 11pm today. Please call Rebecca Webber on 01865 846351 to book your slot.