Police turn to bluetooth to make closer contact in Barnstaple

POLICE are asking shoppers in Forches to turn the bluetooth receivers on their mobile phones to ""on"" this month.  They are trialling bluetooth technology to communicate non-urgent methods of contacting the police or reporting a crime. The devices will

POLICE are asking shoppers in Forches to turn the bluetooth receivers on their mobile phones to 'on' this month.

They are trialling bluetooth technology to communicate non-urgent methods of contacting the police or reporting a crime.

The devices will initially be located in Forches Costcutter and Forches Post Office and then trialled in other locations in Barnstaple. They will send messages promoting the non-emergency number 08452 777 444 and the Devon & Cornwall Police website, as methods of contacting the police to find out who the local police officer is or to report a non-urgent crime.

PC Andy Wills said: "We are constantly looking at ways to improve our services. A regular comment regarding making contact with the police easier, is enabling our non-emergency number 08452 777 444 and website address to be more readily known. Hopefully, this will also reduce the amount of non-emergency phone calls to the 999 emergency number during the festive period.


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"From this pilot we will be able to ascertain just how many people delete or store the message and if it is successful will look for wider adoption across North Devon. The possibilities for the type of information we could exchange with the public through bluetooth technology are huge. This could mean in future we could send out appeals for information, promote community events, or keep the community updated with the work we are doing. We hope that the public will save this message to their phone so that they know how to contact us in the future. We would like to wish the community a merry Christmas and happy new year.

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