New website means video of terror attacks and major disasters in Edinburgh can be sent straight to detectives

Police chiefs hail new system for boosting investigations

Monday, 6th January 2020, 12:25 pm
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 12:31 pm
The new system is considered key during major incidents

WITNESSES to terror attacks and major disasters will be able to send mobile phone footage and photos straight to detectives.

Police chiefs have unveiled the Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) website today (Jan 6) for bystanders to upload key information, reports, images and video footage.

The system is seen as vital during high profile incidents, including murders, where a large volume of information or video footage has been taken.

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Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan, Major Crime and Public Protection, said: “The portal is a quick and easy way for the public to submit information that could be vital in a major incident.

“It can also be used if there’s an incident that involves mass casualties and you want to report a person missing who you believe is involved.

“Before MIPP was introduced in Scotland, a dedicated incident call centre would be set up at the early stages to process this information. If witnesses wanted to send in video footage, it would either be done by calling 101 or using a contact us form, and an officer would be sent out to retrieve it.

“MIPP can be activated in a much shorter space of time and information can be gathered while police resources are still being deployed.

“It’s simple to use and will hopefully help us to do our job quicker by having as much information at our disposal as possible to deal with any major incident efficiently.”

The site can be reached at: https://mipp.police.uk/