October 18, 2021

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Florida town, police create application to report interactions with officers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Town of Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Law enforcement Section introduced a new way for citizens to interact with police – a “to start with of its kind” cellular mobile phone software that, among other points, can report interactions with officers

Tallahassee Bystander hit app outlets Tuesday morning. 

The application was designed above the earlier 12 months by the city’s Know-how and Innovation Office in partnership with Tesia Lisbon and Paul Woodly from neighborhood non-profit Extra Than a Identify and area enterprise Quadrant 2.

According to the police department, movies recording on the app stream off the cellular phone stay, so that when a online video commences, it are not able to be censored or edited. The application also does not require registration, so online video submissions are anonymous. If the police division wants to attain out for more information and facts about a submission, it is done via force notification to additional manage anonymity.

Movies are submitted to numerous parties when recorded. 1 duplicate of the video clip will save to the cellular phone, one particular will stream to TPD, and another streams to 3 anonymous unexpected emergency contacts established by the submitter.

during a press conference held by the city of Tallahassee and Tallahassee Police Department to introduce the Tallahassee Bystander app at TPD Headquarters Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

At a push convention held to unveil the app, Law enforcement Chief Lawrence Revell thanked all who were included in its enhancement. 

“We are below for our community,” Revell reported. “We want to hear and continue on to collaborate on means to fortify our relationships with the local community and the start of this application seriously highlights that.”

The Metropolis Fee last June allocated $50,000 for the development of the app. It is readily available for download now in the Google Enjoy Retail store and Apple App Retail outlet. Although related applications exist, these kinds of as the American Civil Liberties Union’s Mobile Justice application, Tallahassee is the first town to guidance and launch this kind of technology.  

Mayor John Dailey claimed the application represents City Hall and law enforcement performing alongside one another to create trust and transparency in the community. 

“This is the initially of its type in the nation,” Dailey reported. “And the to start with of its variety [that is] fully endorsed by a police department. That is something every citizen in Tallahassee should really be extremely proud of.”

City officials and Rev. Rudy Ferguson, chair of the Tallahassee Police Department's Citizens Advisory Committee, attend a press conference held by the city of Tallahassee and Tallahassee Police Department to introduce the Tallahassee Bystander app at TPD Headquarters Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Previous year’s protests in Tallahassee next the dying of George Floyd at the palms of Minneapolis police sparked calls for much more transparency within the community.

At the very same time, Tallahassee was grappling with the fallout from a few community law enforcement shootings a grand jury later established were justified use of force by officers. The app was just one of the needs that protesters created of the town all through big and loud protests exterior of TPD headquarters.