'Most wanted' app could allow public to turn detective in Cambridgeshire

The faces of the most wanted criminals in Cambridgeshire are set to appear on a phone or tablet app which also gives residents the chance to turn detective.

The ‘Facewatch ID’ app can be downloaded on many portable devices and offers the user the ability to scroll through photographs and identify individuals.

Hertfordshire police are already using the device and the Cambridgeshire chief constable Simon Parr is in talks with the company over launching it in his force area.

Facewatch has provided the system for free to Hertfordshire, which will see intelligence officers upload the images themselves, depicting people who are sought in connection with an active investigation.

Mr Parr has already indicated he wants a ‘most wanted’ list published.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: “We are aware of it, and have met with the company, and are looking to see how it might fit in with our transformation strategy.”

Hertfordshire’s chief constable Andy Bliss has urged his local residents to use the technology to turn sleuth.

He said: “We are committed to making Hertfordshire a safe place for people to live and Facewatch ID provides yet another way for us to achieve that.

“We are keen to utilise technology to tackle criminals and the community can now help us to do that with this pioneering app.

“I would urge the people of Hertfordshire to download the app and to help us to continue to maintain Hertfordshire as one of the safest places to live in the country.”

David Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, has called on the public to get behind the move.

He said: “I welcome the use of this app by the Constabulary and would encourage Hertfordshire residents to download this to their smart phone or other devices.

“I believe policing in the county is everybody’s business and as such everyone should play their part in tackling crime and keeping criminals off our streets.

“Innovative use of social media and mobile technology, as seen here by ‘Facewatch ID’, provides a great new way of helping residents do that.”

The user can select a radius of up to 50 miles to display images of those who the police seek to identify.


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