SA cops reach out to public with 'Web app'

New 'Web app' claimed to be a first for an Australian police force

In what it claims is a first for an Australian police force, South Australia Police has launched a mobile-optimised Web site — dubbed a "Web app" by SAPOL — offering integrated news, social media features and alerts.

“The new web app will help SAPOL to forge greater links with the community by making information about police easily available,” media director, Shelaye Boothey said in a statement.

Boothey said that the force envisaged the new mobile site as being useful for reaching out to young people, as well as a "very useful communication tool" during natural disasters or other emergencies.

The site includes access to speed camera locations, emergency alerts, and access to the force's YouTube channel.

The site was originally launched in February, along with official SAPOL Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Since its launch it has received some 228,000 visitors.

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