Facewatch app helps identify people wanted by police

The Facewatch app is available on all smart phones
The Facewatch app is available on all smart phones

Members of the public have helped to identify six people whose images were uploaded to a crime-fighting app.

The app designed by Facewatch, which allows police to upload images of people being sought in connection with an incident or active investigation and officers would like help in identifying, was launched in the county at the start of the year.

So far more than 30 suggestions have been received by users of the app, providing details of who they believe are pictured.

Of all the suggestions received, six people have been positively identified so far.

Between Wednesday, January 16, and Wednesday, January 30, the first two weeks following the launch of the app, more than 650 people viewed the images in Northamptonshire.

The Facewatch app works on all smart phones and is free to download from Apple App Store, Android Google Play and BlackBerry App World.

It is also available through the Facewatch website at www.facewatchid.co.uk or http://www.northants.police.uk/justice

Bob Southgate, performance and improvement manager, said: “This is a great result for us.

“Thanks to the public we have been successful in identifying six people in connection with incidents, who otherwise we may not have been able to.

“Over time we have been adding more images and the figures show that people are downloading the app and are telling us what they know.

“This is a good example of how we can use modern technology in modern policing to help solve crime.

“We would encourage members of the public who haven’t used the app to download it and help continue solving crime.”

Facewatch director, Michael O’Sullivan, said: “We are very pleased that Northamptonshire Police have had such remarkable success with Facewatch ID, so soon after launching the system.

“Facewatch ID and the full Facewatch reporting suite of products continue to roll out across the whole of the UK and with the recent launch of the new ‘social media tools’ in the new version 2.0 we are confident that Facewatch when used by the police, business and the public will continue to help make our communities safer.”

The app works when a user inputs their postcode into the front screen.

They can then select a radius of up to five miles from that postcode.

The user will then see a number of images connected to incidents in the selected area with a function for providing information anonymously to the police.