APP CREATORS: Gregory Paczkowski, Aaron Sonson (Middle) and Satwant Singh Kenth
MORE THAN 2,500 people have so far downloaded an app that gives people useful information about Stop and Search, its creators said.
Aaron Sonson, 25, Gregory Paxczowski, 21 and Satwant Singh Kenth, 27, launched the free Stop and Search phone app in 2010 with an aim of making the controversial policing tactic easier to understand.
“We have had over 2,500 downloads since we launched it on Blackberry a couple of months ago and we are now finishing an iPhone version, as well as re-launching it on Android,” Sonson said.
The three men said the app offers people an arena in which concerns can be voiced and hopefully help improve relations between the police and the community.
They are hoping the app will help to create a clearer idea about correct Stop and Search procedures as well as allow the community to share stories about their Stop and Search experiences.
The app will also allow people to see the location of where others have been stopped and searched by police, they said.
The group took part in a course on the Apps for Good Programme, a non-profit organisation that gives young people the opportunity to create mobile apps that help to tackle existing social issues.
Sonson told the Streatham Guardian that the trio has received encouraging feedback from local people in south London and the Metropolitan Police Service.
“It has been really positive from all sides,” he said.
The trio now hope to see the app help other countries with Stop and Search issues.
“Hopefully in the future, we will branch out internationally as the same problems are happening in America as well. It is a big issue,” Sonson said.