The article says the idea was first discussed as a way to fight terrorism to allow people to use camera phones to transmit information about suspicious activities. “But police in Bolton believe the technology can help in the fight against all crime and are urging the public to make use of their website if they think they may have filmed something suspicious or illegal,” The Bolton News reports.
The article quotes Detective Chief Inspector Pat McKelvey of the Manchester police who says, “Nowadays people get so much evidence by using their phones and cameras and recording videos. It's like an extra set of eyes and ears for us.”
No direct wireless submissions?
I looked at the Web page for submitting multimedia-based files (see below), and I think it would be useful for the department to provide information about the type of submissions it would find most valuable. It would also be useful to provide tips about how to take good photos and videos with camera phones.
I don’t see any information about wirelessly sending a photo or video from a camera phone to a Manchester police e-mail address or via MMS. If it isn’t possible to send photos and videos this way, why not?