The Alberta RCMP has officially launched their brand-new mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
The app has been developed to simplify online user experience on mobile devices to ensure that Albertans can access information quickly and conveniently. The app is available as a free download through Apple or Google Play.
Developing the app allows the Alberta RCMP to provide the public with online access to news, crime reporting, detachment locations, crime mapping and statistics, and a map for initiatives like Project Lock Up.
The app also provides access to partner law enforcement services, mental health supports, Crime Stoppers and links to Alberta RCMP social media accounts.
“An app is an easy way for the public to stay connected and report crime to the police along with gaining quick and easy access to Alberta RCMP news and information,” said Chief Superintendent. Peter Tewfik in a news release.
Tewfik is the officer in charge of the Alberta RCMP’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Branch.
“Having an app will provide the public with an option for digital accessibility that is convenient and centralized,” said Tewfik.
Even though the app provides convenient links to Alberta RCMP social media account, this app will not replace existing website, social media feeds, or other sources for information. The tool also will not replace other methods of crime reporting, engagement, or emergency assistance.
The RCMP says citizens should remember that social media posts or use of other third-party crime apps are not appropriate ways to report a crime.
If you need to contact the Alberta RCMP or to report a crime, remember the following:
· For emergencies, or if you see a crime in progress, phone 911.
· For non-emergency property crimes, you can file your report online through the Alberta RCMP app, or contact your nearest RCMP detachment.
· If you have information about a crime and wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
· For scams and fraud, contact your local detachment and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.
In full compliance with Canadian privacy laws for mobile apps by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, the Alberta RCMP app will not track or monitor users in any way.