The new 'Hamro Police' App uses citizen data to revolutionize Police response to crimes.
The recently launched 'Hamro Police' mobile app combines the power of technology with the potential of citizen-generated data to improve the Police force’s safety assistance service, and potentially to help prevent and curtail crimes.
The app allows citizens to report incidents of crime in a discreet and prompt manner while gathering information such as a description of the incident, data on location and time of the incident and pictorial or documentary evidence. The data collected via the app can prove useful to the Nepal Police in a number of ways. Firstly, the data elevates the level of immediate response by reducing the lag time (time between an incident reported and service provided) which will allow the police to become more responsive to crime. Secondly, the data will form an evidence base which, if found reliable and representative, could be used to inform security policies and produce innovative solutions in the long-term to combat crime (it is important to note however that any crime statistics extrapolated from this data may provide an unreliable representation if the app is misused, not widely used, or selectively used).
As well as collecting data from citizen this information apparatus also provides useful information, allowing citizens to be both data suppliers and data consumers. For example, the features of the app help people to find the nearest police station using their mobile's geo-location and also allow them to receive emergency alerts. To enable full transparency the data collected by the app would need to be made open in machine readable format, however this initiative of the Nepal Police is an interesting example of a system for creating, sharing, and using crime data to help in preventing and reducing crime.