NORTH DURHAM: The Durham Region Police Service (DRPS) will soon be launching a new app.
The announcement was made by Chief Paul Martin at a police services board meeting held on Wednesday, July 13.
"A couple of years ago we redesigned the website to make the access a lot easier for mobile users. This is the next step to that,” Dave Selby, Director of Corporate Communications for DRPS, told The Standard.
He also added it made sense for police to create their own app, seeing that other services in Ontario have already created their own.
“It is still in the early days of police apps. More and more people are going mobile, so it is making more and more sense that we are putting it in a format they can access,” Mr. Selby said.
Some of the features of the app will include advising residents of their rights when approached by a police officer, providing people with information on the new street check legislation, providing direct access to all DRPS social media accounts, as well as access to the police’s media release feed. The app will also have a list of all police buildings and their hours of operation.
In addition, the app will have access to a new feature that police are going to be implementing on their website, called crime mapping. Crime mapping is a service that shows residents the types of crimes that are being reported in their community or their neighbourhood. Police are expecting to implement crime mapping by the end of this month on-line at www.drps.ca.
Mr. Selby said this project is conforming with Chief Martin’s vision of “improving customer service, as well as accessibility of information.”
DRPS is expecting to launch the app before the end of the summer. Once it is launched by the police service, the app will be free for the public to download.