eCops is brought to you by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and is powered by Neighbourhood Alert.
It is a community messaging system, which allows messages to be targeted at street level to subscribers by email – allowing the force to communicate directly to the people they need to, when they need to.
It is free and easy to sign up, and subscribers can register according to their location and interests, reducing information overload and ensuring that they receive targeted alerts that are focused on their own area and interests.
Messages can include crime news, information about crime happening locally, crime prevention advice, details about local incidents and appeals for help in reducing crime in the county.
Members can also reply to alerts, providing a quick and easy two-way communication between yourself and your local officers. You can can tell us about your concerns, to help us police your neighbourhoods effectively.
We believe that by being more aware of crime happening locally to you, you will be in a better position to protect yourself against falling victim to similar crimes.
So if you're interested in learning more, you can watch the video below. or sign up for free by visiting the eCops website.
eCops celebrates its 20 year anniversary
This month, we are celebrating #20YearsOfeCops.
eCops began back in 2003 when Nik Percival, a now retired Force Control Room Inspector, who during his time as an East Chesterton Sergeant, developed the idea for eCops and encouraged the roll-out to the whole force.
He created the system that is now used by around 19,000 people across the county as he was "frustrated that the front pages of the local newspapers were full of negative comments about the police, and just wanted to inform the public about what was really going on."
It began as a 'send-to-all' email to the residents of Nik's beat, and over the years has grown and developed into an advanced system where alerts are targeted based on the recipient's location and / or interest group.
Over the years, eCops has offered a simple and free way for Cambridgeshire residents to communicate with their local officers and to stay up-to-date with what police are dealing with in their area every day.