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North Yorkshire Police promoting tracking app

North Yorkshire Police promoting tracking app

Published by Harry Long at 1:35pm 18th September 2019.

North Yorkshire Police is urging people across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale to download a tracking app onto their mobile.

  • 'What3words' allows officers to pinpoint a persons exact location. 
  • Two people have already been rescued in the Dales using the app. 
  • It's free to emergency services and members of the public.  

'What3words' is being used by the force to help save lives across the county.  It enables officers to pinpoint a persons exact location.

To date, it's been used to help rescue a man who'd fallen and injured his leg when walking in the Dales.

The app – which is free to emergency services and members of the public – has divided the world into three-metre squares and given each one a unique three-word label.

Everywhere in the world now has an address, even a tent in the middle of a field or a ditch on the North York Moors.

For example corrosive.koala.daffodils will take you to the picnic bench on the cinder track cycle route near Ravenscar and tracking.forgotten.buzz will take you to the summit shelter on Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

In a statement, North Yorkshire Police said: 

"It’s a very easy way for a member of the public who is lost to tell us their exact location. It’s one of a number of things we use to help find people in remote or non-specific locations. Asking someone to relay two, six-digit map coordinates over the phone when they’re in a state of panic or distress is difficult, but three words are much easier to say. Although it is dependent on them having a working mobile phone and they must be willing to communicate with you. When time is of the essence, if someone is injured and exposed to the elements, getting them help as fast as we can is the priority."

The force say the app will come in useful for the UCI Road World Championships: 

"Planners working on the UCI cycling world championships are using it to identify street furniture, and have asked the organisers to label all the kit that will be permanently in-situ for the duration of the event. This makes it easier to identify the location of any issues or incidents that may arise.  We’re also encouraging spectators to download the app so if they get lost or separated from their friends and family, they can find each other again."

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