As part of the wider approach to digital and traditional engagement, Staffordshire Smart Alert was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis in March 2016 to improve engagement between Staffordshire Police and the communities they serve.
The free service, which is for people aged 12 years or over, allows you to personalise your Smart Alerts to find out more about rural, horse, canal, school and cycle crime. Each alert will include an incident number and contact details so members of the public can contact Staffordshire Police if they have any relevant information. Local businesses can also receive alerts that are relevant to their industry sector.
A refresh to the original system means that local officers can now send instant alerts when a crime has just taken place, or is taking place, in the area they are in. These targeted alerts can be sent out to a radius ranging from 3km down to a single street in an area, for example, where a child has gone missing or a home has been broken into.
This will allow residents and businesses to play a more active role in their community and act as the eyes and ears of Staffordshire Police to help stop criminals in their tracks.
Set your personal preferences through the Staffordshire Smart Alert website or the App and you'll receive up to date information either by email if you've registered on the website, or directly through the App.
Neighbourhood Watch (NW) is based on the idea of active volunteers, working in partnership with the police and other agencies to help prevent and reduce crime in the local area, reassuring residents and businesses and making the local community even safer. The PCC and Staffordshire Police recognise the value of NW, the work of its co-ordinators and members and are keen to support NW growth and development across the Force area.
You can check if there's a NW group operating in your local area, sign up to become a member or start a new group by visiting the Staffordshire NW website.
As a member of NW, you'll still receive Smart Alerts by email, however the current system also enables existing members to continue to receive Alerts by telephone and SMS.
For general crime prevention information, please visit the Staffordshire Police website.
We hope you find Staffordshire Smart Alert helpful.