New Smart Phone App Connects Citizens to Police Photo Bank
Police in London are now using a smart phone app that will allow the public to access CCTV images of individuals the authorities “would like to speak to.” With surveillance cameras around every turn in the city, the collection of images has already passed 2,000.
The Facewatch ID app, which can be downloaded onto Blackberry, Android and Apple devices, has resulted in 29 positive ID’s during tests in the past two months. Police hope the technology will result in more arrests and help keep the public safe ahead of the Olympic games, and beyond.
Once logged into the app, users will be able to send information to the police confidentially if they think they have spotted a wanted person.
The item description provided by the Blackbery App World shows that individuals will have the option of browsing the data base and enter the names and home addresses of anyone they may recognize.
Facewatch ID is a free application allowing the UK public to confidentially identify images issued by the police. Enter your postcode and choose a distance from that postcode to see a series of images. If you identify any of the images the application allows you to enter any details that are known, including name and address. The information is then sent directly, and confidentially, to the UK Police. Facewatch has been provided with the images by the Police Forces shown on the image ID page and is providing this service on behalf of those Forces.
The chairman of Facewatch ID Ltd, Simon Gordon says “by using the very latest technology we have created a simple, easy-to-use and highly relevant way for the public to assist in the huge job of managing the capitals CCTV image database.”
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley encourages the public to use the app not only to assist the police in capturing wanted suspects, but to send pictures and to help identify persons perceived to be engaging in criminal activity.
“The general public can support us in this – both by providing us with images – and then helping us to identify those who are responsible for committing crime,” Gordon said.
Something tells me the people of London and the greater UK will not be happy with yet another advance in the intense police state that has overrun the Kingdom.