The App Office developed an app for Warwickshire Police to help them create an app to help support officers and staff dealing with rural crime incidents. It is believed to be the first force in the country to do so.
The rural crime advice app provides precise location mapping, latest news and briefings for officers, together with updates for officers coming on duty. It also provides access to advise and guidance on a wide range of information relating to livestock, wildlife crime, fishing, agricultural vehicles and plant, firearms, dangerous dogs, poisons and heritage crime.
In addition to contact details for partner organisations and internal force departments, the app also has a report function for sending information directly to the rural crime team.
Inspector Allison Wiggin said: “We serve a largely rural community in Warwickshire and when an incident occurs officers and staff can be deployed to remote locations. The secure app helps and supports them in a number of ways to improve their response to incidents and inquiries on rural and wildlife crime.”
Warwickshire Police and crime commissioner Philip Seccombe, whose office funded the app, added: “This is a great tool for assisting officers and staff in policing rural areas and supporting them when dealing with rural and wildlife crime.
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