Smartphone app for force

TAYSIDE Police is to launch its own smartphone app to help fight crime.

From next month officers will regularly update Facebook and Twitter pages with real-time accounts of what they encounter on their beats.

They will also be able to communicate with the public about crime and safety.

The new development will open up different ways to communicate with the public which, it is hoped, will help to improve public confidence.

Sarah Craig, head of the force’s digital media and communications, said: “Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are fast becoming the communication method of choice for an entire generation of Scots. This makes it essential for police forces to keep pace with developing technology.”