The Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne, has been successful in securing more than £45,000 to develop an innovative new app for people who find themselves in vulnerable situations, especially women and girls.

Designed to help them find safe spaces quickly when they are in danger, the free app will also allow users to send their GPS location to a nominated contact and make reports directly to Sussex Police.

Funding for the app has been awarded by the Science, Technology and Research Board which provides monies for future police programmes and is overseen by the Police Science, Tech and Research Board. They were particularly keen to receive bids that support police efforts to better understand and/or combat violence, abuse and intimidation against women and girls.

PCC Katy Bourne said: “I’m delighted that my team has been successful in securing this funding to help everyone, especially women and girls, to access safe spaces in Sussex.

“The new app that is being developed will provide reassurance and support, helping those who feel they are danger to quickly and easily share their location with a trusted contact, as well as giving them the means to capture evidence and make a non-emergency report to Sussex Police.” 

There were 123 applications to the latest round of funding. This was twice as many as last round and just 29 bids were successfully selected for funding this time.