by PCSO Andy Smith 5520
North Yorkshire Police’s innovative community messaging system has reached 30,000 members as it re-launches with a new smartphone app.
The new and improved app, available to download for iOS and Android devices, takes advantage of geolocation technology, allowing users to receive important alerts that are relevant to them – wherever they are in North Yorkshire.
The app also allows a member of the public to share relevant alerts that they have received to their friends and family by email, WhatsApp, instant messaging and social media.
More than 30,000 people across the county are now signed up to receive alerts and in the last year, 4,296 alerts were sent out by North Yorkshire Police to the public, businesses, and Rural and Neighbourhood Watch groups across the county.
This equates to a staggering 3,342,235 messages reaching the public across all channels including email, the previous app, SMS, social media and the website.
Members of the public who sign up to the system can tailor preferences for the type of the message they receive, their preferred channel (phone, text, or email) and the locations that matter to them.
• Crime and other police incidents, including missing people and witness appeals;
• Rural policing, including crimes against farms and rural businesses;
• Anti-social behaviour;
• Road safety, including road closures and traffic updates; and
• Neighbourhood news and events, such as invitations to public meetings.
They can also opt to receive push notifications straight to their smartphones and tablets from the app if they wish.
If you are already a member and would like to download the new app, just search “Everbridge” via the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Google Play for Android devices and then search for “North Yorkshire”. The App will then link you to North Yorkshire Community Messaging specific notifications.
Signing up to North Yorkshire Community Messaging is free, easy, and takes less than five minutes. Just visit nycm.co.uk on a smartphone or PC to get started. Alternatively, to download the app and sign up please visit the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and Google Play for Android devices, search “Everbridge” and then once it’s downloaded search for “North Yorkshire”.