The new ‘NPF Rescue Me’ mobile application launched by the Nigeria Police Force offers technological solutions to insecurity and other emergency situations in Nigeria.
As the name implies, the NPF Rescue Me app was designed to help a victim or witness of criminal offences and other emergency situations to report the situation to the police who’ll respond to him as quickly as possible.
The application is compatible with android and iOS operating systems and highlights eight different types of alerts in emergency cases like kidnapping, homicide, domestic violence, burglary, rape, assault, armed robbery and other medical emergencies.
According to the application developers, the app “is taking crime combat and response to emergency situations to an entirely new level as it is set to ensure rapid and immediate reaction of the Nigeria Police to any situation you or someone you know find themselves.”
Before having full access to the application, a user is expected to put his/her email address before receiving a one time password (OTP) that he’ll use to proceed to the registration.
A user can have full access and a quicker response after he has verified his identity using a “Voice Captcha” or any other proof of identification like a driving licence, voters card, national ID, International passport, etc.
Features Of The App
Reporting A Crime: The application has a web-based form that a user can fill to report a crime being committed in his presence or a breach of security anywhere in Nigeria.
The Report A Crime button is at the top left corner of the application interface and allows the user to state the nature of the crime, the location of the crime and a short details about the crime.
A user can also attach audio, visual or pictorial evidence of what happened and can also click on whether he can be contacted for more information or not.
Report A Police Officer: A button next to Report A Crime is about reporting a police officer found exhibiting discourteous behaviour or acting contrary to the law.
As complaints on the unprofessional behaviour of police officers around the country continue, Nigerians can now submit a reason and evidence for reporting the officers using Rescue Me mobile app.
Request An Ambulance: If you have a medical emergency or find people in an emergency situation, you can use the NPF Rescue Me application to request an ambulance.
This feature allows you to mention the nature and the number of people involved in the accident. A field for an optional comment was provided in the feature and your location can be automatically tracked using the GPS system.
Navigation: The NPF Rescue Me application provides a navigation feature that can guide you to your destination if you become lost and you are finding your way back.
The navigation allows you to contact nearby police officers who could help in guiding you home.
Contact: This feature allows you to save the contact details of your relatives or those you’ll like to reach in case of an emergency.