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Police unveil phone app

By Loa Iok-sin  /  Staff reporter

Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan, second left, and three female police officers yesterday introduce the National Police Agency’s new app during a press conference at the agency in Taipei.

Photo: CNA

The National Police Agency has launched a new service that enables smartphone users to make police reports, call a taxi or check road conditions, among other functions, after they download and install the police service application.

“Using communications technology to strengthen the maintenance of public security has always been a priority for the Ministry of the Interior,” Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源) told reporters at a ceremony to launch the service at the agency’s headquarters in Taipei yesterday. “The new police service application for smartphones is one of our latest achievements.”

“We strongly encourage everyone with a smartphone to download the application that will help to protect not only you, but also people around you,” the minister said.

National Police Agency Director-General Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) said that the police service application would allow users to connect to the 110 police service hotline, the 165 anti-fraud hotline and the 113 women and children’s protection hotline.

In addition, users could also use the application to call a taxi and check traffic conditions, Wang said.

NPA Information and Technology Office Director Lee Hsiang-chen (李相臣) said the biggest advantage of the new system is that GPS is integrated into it.

“For example, when you contact the 110 police hotline via the application, we would immediately know your location and dispatch officers to help immediately, so you don’t have to worry about finding out where you are,” Lee said. “Also, when you try to get a taxi through the application, the GPS would find out where you are, and provide you with contact information for the nearest taxi company in the city or county you are in.”

The application works on both iPhone and Android phones, and those who are interested may download it from App Store or Google Play for free, Lee said.

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