ELECTION PLEDGE: Stockton company to build police app
PCC Steve Turner And Alt Labs Ceo Imran Anwar, Image: Cleveland Police
People across Teesside will soon be able to send information directly to Cleveland Police through the force’s first-ever policing app.
The project was one of Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Turner’s election pledges and is part of his newly published Police and Crime Plan.
Alt Labs, a digital studio based in Stockton-on-Tees, will be responsible for creating the app which will allow people to send information to the police and other agencies.
However, this won’t mean that the police will then immediately attend the scene as it will not spark an operational response.
There are plans for residents to be able to report crimes on the app in the future once the technology develops.
Cleveland PCC Steve Turner said: “From the outset I’ve called for a greater use of technology to improve the way Cleveland Police serves our communities.
“This includes making it as simple as possible for the public to pass on information and engage with the force’s officers and staff
“In addition to the force’s website and the Force Control Room, the new app will allow residents to provide information to the force from their handheld devices
“We’re delighted to have a Teesside-based organisation like Alt Labs on board to assist us in developing this exciting product to make Cleveland safer.”
The CEO of Alt Labs, Imran Anwar even has a link with the police as he was previously a special constable with Durham Constabulary.
He said: “The collaboration between Alt Labs Agency and Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office is a vital step in providing our community with an easy way to report issues and provide feedback on matters which are important to them.
“The app will be developed for Apple iOS and Android Platforms allowing users to simply and quickly report issues or provide feedback on community concerns regarding policing.
“As a former Special Police Constable myself it is encouraging to see that Cleveland Police are creating innovative and forwarding thinking technology to help provide alternative ways of engagement and communication with the force.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said that by creating the app in Teesside it would support local people.
He added: “It’s fantastic news that Cleveland Police are rolling out this innovative app that will make it quicker and easier for local people across Teesside and Hartlepool to report issues to their police force.
“Teesside is quickly establishing itself as a powerhouse for digital and creative industries which is brilliant news for jobs in our region.
“Development of this app by Stockton-based Alt Labs is putting money in the pockets of local people for themselves and their families. It’s great that this app will be developed in Teesside for Teessiders, crucial to ensuring safer streets across our region.”
Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter
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