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Alberta RCMP launches new mobile app

Chief Superintendent Peter Trewfik, officer in charge of the Alberta RCMP’s community safety and wellbeing branch.

The Alberta RCMP on Friday launched a mobile app to improve public engagement.

The new mobile app for iOS and Android devices is available as a free download through Apple or Google Play.

“Our intent with this app is to help remove barriers in accessing important information that, while already available on-line, is now available in one convenient place — literally at your fingertips,” said Chief Superintendent Peter Trewfik, officer in charge of the Alberta RCMP’s community safety and wellbeing branch.

The app was launched Friday during a virtual news conference.

The app provides the public with on-line access to news, crime reporting, detachment locations, crime mapping and statistics, and a map for initiatives such as Project Lock Up.

There are links to partner law enforcement agencies, mental health support, Crime Stoppers and the RCMP’s social media account.

“This app has been developed so that Albertans can access RCMP resources and information both quickly and conveniently through an easy to use digital platform,” Trewfik said.

“We’ve heard from Albertans across the province they want an easy way to report some crimes on-line.”

The app does not replace the RCMP’s existing Web site, social media feeds, or other sources for information.

Trewfik stressed that people can’t access emergency assistance with the app.

“It is the Alberta RCMP’s hope that this app will better inform and support the communities we serve,” Trewfik said.

Trewfik said the app, as well as town halls held across the province, are ways for the RCMP to stay in touch with residents.

“This is a way to help keep people informed about the work we are doing in the community,” Trewfik said.

By so doing, barriers will be removed to make the police more accessible.

“There’s even more to come as we are working on improving communication with our communities,” Trewfik said.

The RCMP stressed that social media posts or use of other third-party crime apps are not appropriate ways to report a crime.

For emergencies or if a crime is in progress, phone 911.

For non-emergency property crimes file a report through the app, or contact the nearest RCMP detachment.

If you have information about a crime and wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Scams and fraud should be reported to the local detachment and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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