Five-O “Rate Your Local Police” App

 

When three teenage siblings in Decatur GA, aged 16, 15 and 14, thought that their family had been harassed by the police, they said to themselves “why don’t we create an app to help us solve this problem.” Using coding skills they had developed online, they created a mobile phone app for citizens to use to to rate their encounters with the police (and other public servants)—allowing people to compare communities. Their “Five-O” mobile app, according to the Google Play site from which it can be downloaded, empowers citizens “to record and store data from every encounter with law enforcement.” Those incident reports are then electronically collated and analyzed, and can be shared and used by communities to rate individual officers and police departments as a whole. Not only has the app gotten wide publicity, but numerous comments with suggestions for improving the app have been posted on the Google Play site.  (The app is available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.five_o .  A video is at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/18/teens-police-brutality-app_n_5687934.html