If there’s one thing the advent of the Internet has brought to the world, it’s the ability to easily gather data from people, and this new app from a group of young Americans is the latest example of the power of this information crowdsourcing. Five-0 Police Rating App is a free smartphone app which lets people log their encounters with law enforcement and rate the experience for future reference.
The Android and iOS app lets people add the date of the encounter and document the interaction that went on. The app also automatically adds a GPS tag for location, and once the data is saved, it can be aggregated with other reports and used to provide a dynamic rating for ‘courtesy and professionalism’. What’s more this score can be retrieved for individual officers or county, which should deliver some very interesting results over time.
It’s kind of like a Yelp restaurant review app, only for police forces and officers. Fascinating. The great thing about an app like this – and let’s hope it spawns many more such efforts – is the fact that it should also highlight high quality law enforcement, because for every negative report in the media, we’re certain that there are ten positive interactions which happen every day across the world. Unfortunately the app only appears to be valid for the US at the moment.
The app will also feature a community area where users can gather to discuss the app and other topics, and there’s a handy ‘Know Your Rights’ section which should help ensure that uses can understand what to expect in any given situation. Check out the developer’s Google+ page for more information.