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Gender-Based Violence Unit head acting Supt Claire Guy-Alleyne, left, along with Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and Digicel CEO Abraham Smith, look at the new TTPS app SOS feature at Police Administration Building, Sackville Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The Police Service mobile app has now been zero-rated by Digicel which means Digicel customers can use the app without data, credit or a wireless connection.

This will allow customers to report a crime or request emergency assistance through the app for free.

The announcement was made at a TTPS press conference at the TTPS’ Administration building in Port of Spain yesterday.

Digicel’s chief executive officer, Abraham Smith, said the company is proud to partner with the police service to give women an additional tool that can save their life in emergency situations.

There are multiple apps that can send emergency messages but all require either a data plan or a wireless internet connection. Before now, without either one, emergency reports would be impossible, leaving people without access to data or wifi at a greater risk.

Smith said although the app was zero-rated, it required the user to have their location feature switched on.

“It’s been heartbreaking that we have become all too familiar with headlines and news stories that clearly indicate that we need to do more.

“Women are under threat and are being attacked, we must adopt a multi-faceted approach to work together to teach equality in our homes and other institutions and hold men accountable for their behaviour and empower and equip women with tools to keep them safe as an added precaution,” Smith said.

He boasted that 58 per cent of Digicel’s workforce was female, with over half of its local leadership team being women.

He said in a company powered by women, Digicel felt it was important to partner with the Police Service.

Smith said the TTPS mobile app was now zero-rated for all Digicel customers.

“This means that even if you do not have an active plan or bundle or if you do not have credit on your phone, that you will still be able to use the app and its safety features. Of particular importance is there SOS feature as it was just described, which uses GPS technology and the LTE network to send your live location to police and your pre-selected emergency contacts if you are in an emergency situation and you need assistance,” Smith said.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith thanked Digicel for their work in ensuring women are safer in T&T.

Head of the Gender-Based Violence Unit, Superintendent Claire Guy-Alleyne in her remarks said women have continued to break the glass ceiling in T&T.

She said there are multiple women in leadership positions in the police service.

Guy-Alleyne issued call for more businesses to come forward to assist the TTPS in making the country safer for vulnerable people.

She also sent out a call to citizens saying, “I choose to challenge every citizen in T&T, I want the Trinidad and Tobago, and by extension, the Commissioner of Police- to be a country where gender-based violence, attacks on women, children and even men can be down to zero. I want to challenge every citizen, let us carry that number to zero.”