One of the new online services I helped to develop for the Met was the lead story on BBC London News last night.
Using the Report a road traffic incident tool, anyone involved in an accident or altercation on the road in London can now notify the Met police via their website.
For the public, it’s a far more convenient way to notify the police, instead of having to make a lengthy call to 101 or visit a police station. Also, since users can submit video evidence of offences taking place, it’s particularly useful to more vulnerable road users, such as cyclists.
For the Met, the new tool should lower operating costs by reducing 101 calls and admin time, as well as improve the quality of information being provided up front. Hopefully, this will translate into more successful prosecutions.
Unfortunately, because of the unique way the BBC is funded, the link to the news piece is no longer available.