Kenyan police deploy text message service to track crimes

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Kenya's National Police Service Commission on Wednesday (January 30th) deployed a new mobile phone application that will allow people to report crimes by text message, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Citizens can send text messages to report hate speech and other offences as the March 4th general election approaches, said commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi. Gender-based violence, corruption and traffic violations can also be reported using the new system.

Messages sent to 0727-414475 will be directed to a central database linked to the police headquarters, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. The commission is working to secure the number 999999 for use with all mobile providers, Kavuludi said.