Three teens develop Five-O, an app allowing you to review police officers

Three teens develop Five-O, an app allowing you to review police officers
In the United States, the leading news over the past several days has been focused on the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of a police shooting. That incident has been at the root of rioting and different degrees of government attempts to settle things down, all of which has created tensions across the country.

In any country, but particularly around the US, controversial stories involving the police always make the news. Outside the major events though, the police are pretty much like anyone else doing their job.

For better or for worse, the controversy in Missouri has motivated three teenagers from Georgia to build an app that, among other things, allow you to document and rate experiences with police officers. 14 year old Caleb Christian and this two sisters, Ima, and Asha, 16 and 15 years old respectively, developed Five-0 Police Rating App, as a means to document officer abuse, but also as a means to find solutions and provide positive feedback as well.

“We’ve been hearing about the negative instances in the news…and we always talk about these issues with our parents,” according to Ima Christian, “They always try to reinforce that we should focus on solutions. It's important to talk about the issues, but they try to make us focus on finding solutions. That made us think why don't we create an app to help us solve this problem.”

The purpose is to gather data and share it with community leaders, police supervisors, or even the media to highlight negative and the positive interactions with police. Caleb, Ima, and Asha hope the good feedback motivates officers to perform better.

These three teenagers have been coding for a while. They participated in MIT’s K12 Scratch and App Inventor program and are proficient in programming JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and Java. Five-0 Police Rating app is now available in Google Play.  The trio of talent, whose app company is called Pinetart, Inc., plan to make it available for iOS.





source: Business Insider

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12 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1448; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Nobody should judge anybody. This goes for both police and victim. Nobody knows what really happened other than the cop and victim. Everyone should keep comments respectful specially here.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They should judge....in cases that cops use brutally......

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Nobody knows what really happened other than the cop and victim." Largely due to the cops beating the crap out of (or otherwise mistreating or abusing) people who record them.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

STOP Police Brutality.....

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2326; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

A bunch of fluff this is. A few cases reported in the mainstream media isn't indicative of an epidemic in law enforcement.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"A few cases reported in the mainstream media..." The mainstream media doesn't report on the bulk of police brutality. Today's police are highly militarized and do a lot more crazy stuff than the police of old. And the mainstream media coverage of this? Next to nothing. Read local papers and alternative news and you'll see quite a bit of not just brutality, but massive abuse of power. And let us not forget that cops kill a lot of people because their use of force is not well regulated, i.e. there are essentially no negative consequences.

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Agreed, they don't want you to know the truth....they want you to believe that the police is "perfect" and only protects people, not kill people.

11. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

If the brutality was that rampant, then why isn't everyone up in arms about it? I know police brutality exists, and its a truly atrocious crime, but I just can't stand sensationalism.

8. KickRocks

Posts: 262; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

What a bunch of bull this is. The average law abiding citizen who is minding their business and obeying the law will not be stopped by the Police for no reason. Everyone wants to judge the cops but don't know what it is to police some of these animals we call citizens.

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Should make an offical police rating app. Heck make one that automatically turns on when it detects the presence of law enforcement (detect their radars or something). Ferguson is why people in Russia keep cameras on their dashboards.

10. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Only in America :D

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So when I get pulled over, I can tell the cop to hold on a moment while I look up their review... If I'm not happy with what I read can I request another cop?

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