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Bedfordshire’s emergency services encourage the public to download what3words app

‘Where’s the emergency?’ is one of the first questions you are asked when calling 999. But saying exactly where you are can be challenging.

Services often can’t automatically detect where you are and dropped pins are difficult to explain over the phone.

Landmark-based descriptions are prone to errors and GPS coordinates are long and difficult to communicate. At best, this is a frustrating drain on resources. At worst, it can mean the difference between life and death.

So, this week Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been taking part in #KnowExactlyWhere week to raise awareness about the free what3words app.

Including how it can be used to save precious time, resources and lives in an emergency.

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New technology helps police forces locate people in need

Police officers across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) are using a new app to help pinpoint people in need.

The location technology called What3Words has divided the world into 3m x 3m squares. Each square has been allocated a unique three word address which means anyone can refer to their exact location simply by using three words.

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