PEOPLE can track the work of bobbies in the Whitby area through North Yorkshire Police’s (NYP) new intiative.
The force say their smart phone application (app) has been the first in the country to be developed and launched, and will allow people to access regularly updated information at the touch of a button.
NYP mobile went live last week allows users to find out about crime and news in the North Yorkshire region.
Included are a speed-dial button for non-emergencies, a directory of NYP stations, officers’ social media posts and advice about crime prevention.
The development would usually cost thousands of pounds to develop, but NYP’s web officer, Tom Stirling, devised the app at no cost to the force. This comes at a time when police forces around the country are striving to cut costs.
He said: “This new app gives people in North Yorkshire the chance to see detailed crime data, witness appeals, safety advice and police team information for their neighbourhood, all via their mobile phone
“We used freely available, open source tools to create the app entirely in-house, so it has cost nothing to develop.”
A spokesman for NYP added: “The new app will help forge greater links with the community by making information about the force easily available and allowing people to contact the police at the push of a button.”
Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell said: “This is an exciting innovation for the force which shows that we are always looking for new ways to improve our accessibility to local people.
“I hope people will embrace this new app and take the opportunity to engage with our officers and learn more about North Yorkshire Police.”
A feedback button is included in the app and the force welcome any suggestions for future development.
The NYP mobile app is available to download for free can visit www.nyp.mobi