NICOSIA - Police on Thursday unveiled the launch of a new online application for the public to report web-based crimes on if they choose to.
Speaking to the media, Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou unveiled the smartphone and tablet compatible application as part of the force’s efforts to increase security and strengthen the public’s trust in the authorities.
“Even though we have only now officially informed the public over this new application it has already been used by around 600 people.”
Papageorgiou explained that the application can be used for reporting crimes such as child pornography, electronic data theft, xenophobia and online fraud.
“This platform will bring citizens closer to the police and upgrade the level of services we offer to the public.”
According to the chief, the application also allows users to access useful information online such as real-time traffic information, contact details for all police stations and departments around Cyprus and weather conditions.
“We urge the public to use this application whenever they need to report a crime,” said Papageorgiou.
“We recommend downloading and using the app on smartphones as this can save valuable time during an emergency.”
According to director of the police research and development department Christos Drakos all information received through the online app will be processed by a designated police officer and treated with complete confidentiality.
“Members of the public who report a crime will be able to follow the progress of the case online or by inquiring over the phone.”
Police website operator Matheos Siampatnis confirmed the app is available for all Android smart phones as well as tablets like the iPad.
“We will be constantly updating the app to ensure the public is receiving the best possible service.”
He added that the Cyprus police are one of the few police force’s in the EU to operate an online crime reporting app.
Those wishing to download the app onto a smartphone or tablet can do so by visiting: mobile.cypruspolicenes.com. Alternatively the app can be accessed online on the police website: www.police.gov.cy