The Singapore Police Force (SPF) beefs up its on-going efforts to engage the public in crime prevention with the release of its Police@SG iPhone App.
With the Police@SG iPhone App, you can be kept updated with the latest crime news and police appeals for information and missing persons. You can also share information via Facebook and Twitter. The Police@SG iPhone App also enables you to locate the nearest police station via Google Maps or view crime statistics around your neighborhood.
The app isn't just used to disseminate information. If you're purchasing a second-hand mobile phone, the app lets you enter the phone's IMEI number, which will be referenced against the IMEI numbers of lost or stolen phones on the SPF database.
The Police@SG iPhone App is one of two mobile apps that the SPF have developed this year to provide the public with easy access to useful information and services on-the-go. The other mobile app is the PoliceLife@SG iPad App, which is an electronic version of the SPF's in-house magazine, Police Life Monthly (PLM) on your iPad.
While SPF chose to launch Police@SG on the Apple iOS platform due to its popularity, the law-enforcement agency is planning to introduce the app on the Android platform as well. SPF has also stated that they have not ruled out the possibility of porting these apps over to other mobile platforms such as RIM's BlackBerry OS.
The official press release is attached below:
Singapore - The Singapore Police Force (SPF) will be launching its mobile application, Police@SG on iPhone App at "Enjoying a Digital Lifestyle 2011" on 21 October 2011 at HDB Toa Payoh Hub, a public outrach event organized by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), SPF and the National Family Council (NFC) which sees to engage the public through an immersive experience of the digtal world.
Police@SG on iPhone App is one of the two applications the Police have developed this year to provide members of public easy access to useful information and services on the go, at the convenience of their fingertips. The other is PoliceLife@SG on iPad App, where members of the public can read Police's in-house magazine - Police Life Monthly (PLM) - using the iPad. Both applications will be showcased as part of the exhibitions of the event.
These developments represent a further breakthrough in Police's ongoing efforts to leverage on social media and mobile technology to reach out to the more IT savvy segment of the population. Through them, Police hope to galvanize the online community into action and participating in Police's initiatives and programmes to fight crime. Police believe that everyone can play a part to keep our neighborhoods safe and secure.
Police@SG iPhone App
The Police@SG iPhone App will give you access to up-to-date crime alerts and crime prevention advisories on the move, allowing you to make informed decisions about how to go about protecting yourself and your loved ones. Some key features of this application include:
PoliceLife@SG iPad App
With the PoliceLife@SG iPad App, the electronic version of PLM magazine comes alive in your hands. You can view videos related to the articles you are reading, and also conveniently access Police's social media channels on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Razor TV.
The PoliceLife@SG iPad App can be downloaded now. It is free. Simply search for "PoliceLife@SG" in the iTunes Store's search bar.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Senior Assistant Commissioner (SAC) Jerry See said, "Police are constantly seeking ways to better reach out to the community. We hope that Police@SG iPhone App can serve as a platform for Police to better reach out to the tech savvy public as well as for them to better access to our information to protect themselves and their loved ones."