A new Scottish app has been launched today to help people get instant answers to questions on a wide range of police related issues, on their mobile or tablet.
The "Ask Police Scotland" app, available for use on both iOS and Android, has been launched by PNLD (Police National Legal Database) and was developed by PDMS.
An official Police Scotland resource, the "Ask Police Scotland" app provides immediate access to over 750 of the questions most frequently asked by the public across Scotland - ranging from personal safety and anti-social behaviour right through to road traffic collisions and fixed penalty notices.
In 2014 the combined forces that make up Police Scotland received circa 600,000 emergency (999) calls and 3,6000,000 non-emergency (101) calls. This new app, which is free of charge, provides another quick and easy way for both the residents of Scotland and visitors alike, to find out the information they need - whether at home, work or out and about. Questions and answers are updated frequently and the Question of the Day and Latest News features provide topical local information.
The up to date and legally correct information is pulled directly from PNLD's Ask the Scottish Police portal. The main Ask the Police portal for England and Wales was originally developed for PNLD, by PDMS, in 2005 - to help save the Police Service valuable time and resources by reducing the amount of non-emergency calls taken through the police contact centres.
Since their launch, both the Ask the Police and the Ask the Scottish Police websites have evolved to become an invaluable resource for both the staff at police contact centres and the general public. In addition, it is estimated that the websites save the Police Service over £25 million per year!
PNLD is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with educational charitable objectives. They provide a range of services to the police forces in Scotland, England and Wales including an online database of up to date legal information, case law and standard offence wordings. PDMS have worked with PNLD as their technology partner for many years - helping to launch innovative new services including the recent Help for Victims website