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An app to locate the right police station

This will tackle problem of jurisdiction when it comes to filing complaints

April 17, 2017 07:56 am | Updated 07:56 am IST - BENGALURU

Not only the right jurisdictional police station, the new app will also give users directions to the right police station.

Not only the right jurisdictional police station, the new app will also give users directions to the right police station.

There is a theft in your house and you knock on the doors of the closest police station. To your utter dismay, you are told that your locality comes under the jurisdiction of another station.

This is a situation many a Bengalurean has encountered. But the city police will soon have a tech-savvy solution to the jurisdictional maze. They are set to launch an app — ‘Know your police station’ — in April to lead you to the right police station.

“Some people have difficulty determining whose jurisdiction they come under. The app will be able to tell which law and order or traffic police station a locality comes under,” Police Commissioner Praveen Sood told The Hindu .

Not only the right jurisdictional police station, the new app will also give users directions to the right police station through Google Maps.

“The Android version is ready. But we want to launch it along with the iOS version,” Mr. Sood added.

‘App-savvy’ police

Apps are not new to the Bengaluru police, who have launched several over the years and also offer tech-enabled services. For example, the ‘e-lost report’ app eliminates the need to visit a police station to register a complaint about a lost item.

The ‘public eye’ app makes reporting traffic violations easy. The latest is the ‘Suraksha’ app for safety assistance.

As of now, the police are not thinking of bringing the gamut of apps under one umbrella.

“Not now. They will continue to run in isolation. We will consider this option as the number of users increases,” the Commissioner said.

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