The City of Surrey has launched a pair of tech programs as a part of a campaign to make the city safer.
The first is a new app from the Surrey RCMP.
Users will be able to get bulletins about missing people and wanted suspects, along with crime maps, crime prevention tips, and contact information.
The RCMP says the app will not be used to track or control any users’ phones.
The other initiative is an effort to give police more eyes around the city by connecting the RCMP with private security cameras.
Dubbed Project IRIS, Mayor Linda Hepner says it’s a voluntary program that allows residents and businesses to register the location of their closed-circuit TV cameras in a secure online database.
“So, when an incident occurs, Project IRIS database will strengthen and streamline the process in the evidence gathering,” she says.
When a crime is committed in the area, officers would then know what video footage may be available, something Hepner says could be the missing piece that solves a crime.