New Smartphone App Lets Mexico City Cops Track Your Location

Twitter on phone by Flikr user stevegarfieldWired, 3/18/2013

Live in Mexico’s largest city or plan on visiting sometime soon? The city’s police force has created an app that tracks your location, and lets you contact local beat cops at the press of a button. But if you’re concerned about giving the cops access to your data, keep it off your phone.

Called Mi Policia (or My Police), the app for iOS and Android was released last week by the Ministry of Public Security (SSP), the agency overseeing Mexico City’s thousands-strong police force. If it’s a success, the hope is that police in the Western Hemisphere’s largest city will be able to react faster to emergencies, while building connections between citizens and police — a tactic known as community policing — at a more local level. It may help prevent drug violence from making inroads.

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