DRPS Announces New Community App

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

Durham Police are adding another way for the public to stay in contact with the police and it will be so easy it will be in the palm of your hand.

‘Better informed people can co-create public safety.”

Paul Martin, Durham Region’s Chief of Police, hopes a new app will not only benefit the police force but also the entire region.

“I think we all want to know if there is areas to avoid but also if we see something now we are informed and we can inform the police of any information that we may have.”

“It allows you to be informed about what is going on in your community, it allows you to received push notifications if there are major road closures or a major event which could be unplanned.”

The app has many functions, from allowing the user to report a crime to taking a 360 degree view of what it’s like to be in a police officer’s shoes.  Residents for the first time will also see a crime map which will be updated within 24 hours.

“This is real time or almost real time. Within 24 hours it actually comes out of our reporting system, our records management system and what it does is within 24 hours it will give automatized information by location.”

The app will launch at the end of August.  Another app that hasn’t launched yet in Canada but is being illegally downloaded is Pokémon Go – a game uses a smart phone’s GPS and camera to create virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world.  The game is actually causing trouble for law enforcement across North America.

“The evidence is out there that distracting driving is dangerous.  In fact it has surpassed impaired driving as one of the most dangerous activities of the big four killers. So we are trying to get the message out there that don’t play Pokémon and games and please don’t be texting while you’re driving. It’s as bad as or worse than being impaired.“

As for the chief, is he trying to catch all the Pokémon?

“[Laughs] I’m not a Pokémon fan, I know my kids were at one point, but no.”

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