New policing app to potentially curb crime in St. Louis - KMOV.com

New policing app to potentially curb crime in St. Louis

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Sidney Torres, St. Louis Task Force. (Credit: KMOV) Sidney Torres, St. Louis Task Force. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A new phone app will soon be introduced in the St. Louis area that could saves lives and reduce crime.

It's being called "the uber" of policing.

It's an app that will allow individuals to contact police and report a crime without having to dial 911, which sometimes can be difficult to get through to. It is also free.

“You could take a photo of what you’re witnessing, hit the button to send," Sidney Torres, St. Louis Task Force, said. "The photo goes to the closest officer on patrol.”

The app is being credited for slashing crime in New Orleans. City leaders hope it can do the same in St. Louis.

The app should be available in the next two to three months for a free trial period starting in the Central West End.

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