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Greater Manchester Police launch UK's first location-based phone app for policing

Greater Manchester Police's new mobile phone app Photo: ITV Granada

Greater Manchester Police have launched the UK's first location-based phone app for policing.

The app uses geo-location technology to allow people to contact the force directly from their phone app and have easy access to local police information.

"This is a real step forwards in using technology to support policing and gives people the chance to help us at any time and any place. They can find out what is happening where they are and be kept informed.

"It provides an enhanced service and we will be working on further developments. We want people to help us add to it with what will help them on a daily basis."

– Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, GMP

It has been developed by GMP staff and is available now to download from the App Store.

An Android version will be available in spring 2013.