Dearne crime victims can now get online updates on how police are progressing with their investigations.
The new TrackMyCrime scheme allows victims of crime to log-on and receive real-time updates on what stage their investigation is at.
South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright has invested £49,000 in the technology from the Avon and Somerset constabulary and spoke of the benefits at the official launch at police base Robert Dyson House in Manvers.
He said: “This is a fantastic initiative that will help ease some of the suffering to the victim.
“Being a victim of crime is incredibly upsetting and it is important that we do all we can to ensure victims are better informed about how their investigation is progressing.
“TrackMyCrime will help them to feel more in control and will update them in real time at their convenience.
“It is not a requirement that victims use the system, but its availability will give them a very important choice.”
Pc Tyrone Ali, who has helped to push forward the scheme, added: “There are benefits for the officers too; it can often be tricky to try to fit in a phone call or visit with a victim when you are working nights and, using this system, we can send the update overnight.”