Officers are encouraging people across Derbyshire to download the Hollie Guard app to their smartphones to help them feel safe in vulnerable situations – particularly during the upcoming party season. In just over 12 hours after launching their social media campaign to promote the app (at the time of writing this) the video has been shared over 4,000 times and gained nearly 130,000 views. This is increasing too. Importantly, overnight alone there have been 200+ new downloads of the free app, as the total number of downloads marches towards 23,000.

Superintendent Michelle Shooter said: “As an organisation we are promoting the HollieGuard app as a tool which links directly into one of our priorities which is protecting the vulnerable. This app is a self-help tool, it’s free to download, and it can be used in a variety of situations from nights out to domestic abuse, or in any situation when someone may feel vulnerable, so please consider downloading it.”

Hardyal Dhindsa, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, said: “This app is all about protecting our communities. I firmly believe we can’t do that just by arresting people, we need to equip people and provide more initiatives to do this better, and it is for this reason I am convinced this app will help protect vulnerable individuals.

“We hope people are never in the position but the app is a tool to support them if they ever need it. We must learn from the tragic experience that Hollie Gazzard went through and use technologies available to us to protect people in the best way we can.”

This is a huge boost for Hollie Guard, which is a free app that can be used in so many situations for people to feel safe. As always, we hope that no-one has to use the safety features on the app, but it can be used for peace of mind for victims of stalking or domestic abuse. The app is also useful for anyone who is safety conscious, we have many downloads from people who use it when going out running in the evenings, travelling alone to/from work and parents downloading it on to their kids smartphones for safe travel to and from school.

We are absolutely delighted to be working with Derbyshire Police, adding to the other Police Forces we already partner with. We would love to work with more Police organisations up and down the country.

To read more visit the Derbyshire Constabulary wesbite: www.derbyshire.police.uk/News-and-Appeals/News/2018/November/15Nov-hollieguard-personal-safety-app.aspx

For more information and to find out how to download the app, please visit www.hollieguard.com.

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