ACPO’s Facewatch web tool allows citizens to report crime online

Public can report crimes online and receive a crime reference number instantly

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has said it has launched a web tool called Facewatch – which uses an open source database by MySQL and was built for GBP 1.2 million – through which the public can report crimes online and receive a crime reference number instantly.

According to Simon Gordon, executive chairman of Facewatch Ltd, the main object of the tool is to “reduce low level crime using the very latest internet technology which empowers businesses, the public and the police to work together”.

The system, which is already being used by six s provided free of charge; six police forces are already using it – The move follows an increased push by ACPO to introduce new online tools to help reduce police time.

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