Delhi Police on Saturday launched a mobile application for senior citizens to enable them to reach out to the police quickly in emergency situations. The app, ‘Delhi Police Senior Citizen’ was unveiled by Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma on Saturday. As many as 28,000 downloads took place within hours of its launch.
The application will be available on Google Play Store. While speaking at the event, Jung asked the police to hold awareness camps so that the elderly who are not tech-savvy get to know about the app.
“A lot of us would not know about things like Google Play Store and mobile applications. I would request the commissioner to organise camps at a local level so that elderly people who are not well-versed with technology can be made aware about the application,” he said.
Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) Taj Hassan also added, “A senior citizen can register himself/herself with Delhi Police after downloading the app. The registered senior citizen will get to know their beat officer’s name and mobile number. They can also check the last date of visit by beat officer to them.”
Explaining the functioning of the app, Verma said, “Those registered on the app will have the facility of pressing an SOS button for emergency call to the senior citizens helpline 1291. An alert will go to 24X7 control room with location of the caller and a simultaneous alert in the form of an SMS will go to the area SHO, beat officer and a pre-assigned contact.”
“It’s my request to you to take this app seriously. Even if you fall in the bathroom, you can call the police. We need to reciprocate to make this app successful. We have to help Delhi Police and trust them,” said Jung.