In June last year I graduated from the first ever Apps for Good course. My group made the Stop And Search app, an app that lets users know their rights when they are stopped and searched by police.
So what’s happened with our app since then, you ask?
Well, since its launch onto Android Market, we’ve so far had over 800 downloads with a 4and ½ rating with great comments from users.
At the end of last year we successfully applied for and received funding from Unltd, which is about to enter our account.
We’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes ground work over the last 6 months – meeting and talking with various organizations including the Community Monitoring Network, National Policing Improvement Agency, numerous Metropolitan Police services and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Everyone has been encouraging and supportive of our work, and given us great tips and feedback on how to take things forward.
We are determined to make the Stop and Search app as successful as possible, to make as much of a positive impact as we can. Which is why we’ve been talking to so many people…we are creating a new version! It’s still in the making and we are hoping to get as much buzz when we release it on ALL platforms as we did when we released the first version on Android. So of course we want to make sure we get things just right! So for now keeping watching this space… a shiny, new and improved version of Stop and Search will be coming soon to an App store near you!