TAYSIDE Police launched their very own community smartphone app which is the first of its kind in Scotland.
The app was launched on Monday and police say it is part of a continued drive to maximise contact with the people it serves.
Hailed as a revolutionary step forward in community engagement, the app will allow people to see what their police officers are doing in their neighbourhoods, as well as keeping them abreast of the latest Tayside Police news.
Residents can view crime statistics for their local authority area and engage with the Force through social media channels.
Independent UK-based social and mobile software specialist Multizone Limited have developed and delivered the app for Tayside Police, which can be downloaded for iPhone and Android.
Tayside Police Deputy Chief Constable, Gordon Scobbie, who is the national lead for social media within UK policing, said: “Tayside residents can now use the app on their smart phones to see what their community officers are doing in their local area, as well as getting a snap shot of current operational policing issues and commitments as they happen.
“Furthermore, it provides an invaluable platform for us to provide quick time information and advice in times of major incidents and events and allows us to keep people informed as to what’s happening.
“It does not replace other means of communication – the importance of the local bobby attending local meetings will never be taken for granted.
“But the opportunities that social media present to us further enhances our ability to interact with the community and provides an immediacy that can only be of benefit to everyone using it.”