UK police are to harness the powers of crowdsourcing to help find those suspected of committing crimes during the 2011 London riots. People will be able to use the app to view photographs of suspects and then identify them, using smartphones and tablet computers.Thousands of images were loaded onto the MPS smartphone app, which is driven by technology from Facewatch, today.
MPS Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, head of Specialist Crime and Operations, said:
"This is a great opportunity for the public to help us fight crime and bring those who remain outstanding to justice. My hope is that the two-thirds of Londoners who own smartphones will download this app, and help us identify people we still need to speak to. We need Londoners to browse through the app every week or so as new images will appear regularly."
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