67 - 'Citizen' app launches in LA, alerting people to crime and emergencies happening nearby

Mar 12, 09:35 PM

A new app that launched this week in Los Angeles gives users instant access to information about real-time crime and other emergency situations reported to 911 in their immediate surroundings

“Citizen” provides updates to incidents happening around them, along with user-generated livestreaming. The app’s central operations team monitors publicly available information — such as police scanner chatter — and pushes out notifications to users within a certain radius of the crime or emergency incident.

A user in New York credited the app for alerting him about a fire in his own apartment building, according to the New York Post.

Peter Donald, the app’s head of policy and communication, joined us on Olympic & Bundy to talk about the overall goal of the app, what it does, how it intersects with law enforcement and a lot more.

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Thank you to Peter Donald!

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