Reach a good Samaritan with a tap
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New Delhi: In a bid to recognise the good Samaritans who invariably reach a disaster site to lend a helping hand, cops have launched an SOS app that allows them to enroll and reach out to a distress caller. The mobile app named ‘Shout’ is a part of the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) 112.
The Shout application is not just for women in distress. It can be used by anyone in case of an emergency. A citizen can register on the application and become a volunteer after completing the registration. A police verification of the volunteer will also be carried out. He or she would be subsequently trained and encouraged to attend self-defence programmes taken up by Delhi Police.
Special CP (operations) Muktesh Chander said that
2An the application will be available with ERSS 112. “The application was designed keeping women safety in mind, but would apply to all other distress situations,” he said.
Explaining the functioning of the application, a senior police officer said: “In case a woman is facing trouble in any part of the capital, she can press the panic button on the application. The moment she presses the panic button, top five volunteers who are in the vicinity will get an alert and the approximate location of the person in distress. By tracking the location, they can reach the person in need or call for further assistance.”
Apart from the top five volunteers, the location of the person in distress will also be shared with the nearest emergency vehicle, motorcycle patrol, beat staff at police stations, Quick Response Team (QRT) and Parakram and Prakhar vans. They would also reach the scene in less than five minutes.
With the help of the application, not just the common man, but also the law enforcement agency can work together to reduce the response time.
“Through the application we also want citizens to be proactive and help each other. In the national capital, people often do not help each other in times of distress despite being at the same location. On becoming volunteers and getting registered, they will feel confident and act as a helping hand to the force in emergency situations,” the officer added.
Earlier, the police officials asked service providers to ensure that location in such cases is shown as precise as possible, so that the volunteers as well as the police reach the location without wasting any time.
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