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Force unveils e-policing
E-policing advert on the back of a bus
A bus advertising campaign will highlight the scheme
A police force in north-east England is using the internet as a crime fighting tool with a new e-policing scheme.

From Wednesday, Northumbria Police will use technologies such as text messaging and e-mail to keep victims and witnesses up to date with cases and results.

Users of the force's redesigned website will also be able to apply online for jobs, register for news alerts and seek out the latest crime reduction material.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Leighton, who has led the project, said e-policing will "enhance" traditional policing methods.

He said: "The internet has huge potential for reaching vast numbers of people and enabling them to reach us, and it's vital that we exploit that potential to the full.

"Online policing will never replace frontline policing, but it will enhance it enormously."

Missing persons

New features on the site include crime and witness appeals, arrests, policing operations, campaigns and results.

People will also be able to report non-urgent incidents securely online.

In the future, the force also hopes to include pictures and video footage of people wanted in connection with crime and have the ability to record serial numbers of property.

They also hope to have a section on missing persons and detailed statistics about every council ward and area command.

Northumbria Police is also to trial public internet access kiosks in two police stations for people who do not have internet access.

Mr Leighton added: "The government set ambitious targets for local councils to have all of their services available online by 2005.

"Although this doesn't include the police service, it will almost certainly follow and we believe that opening up access will benefit many of our customers."




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