The Tallahassee Police Department will be the first agency in the nation to implement a hands-free, stream recording app that includes multiple contacts and a portal for review this Spring. The efforts coincide with Objective 5D of the City’s Strategic Plan: “provide state-of-the-art technology to support public safety initiatives.”
According to the March 24 meeting agenda, The City Commission approved project funding for staff to develop this mobile application on June 3, 2020, around the wave of protest related to police brutality.
Since then, the Local organization “More Than a Name” has worked in partnership with City staff to help develop the app, in addition to citizens who attended the biweekly meetings since June 2020.
The app will allow citizens to remain anonymous while using their smartphone camera through voice command to record interactions with law enforcement. The video will then be documented through Tallahassee Police Department’s video portal and reviewed.
Other applications that are similar to this one and are in effect today is The American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Mobile Justice App. This app allows users to record, stream and report encounters with law enforcement to the ACLU. City staff consulted with ACLU’s developer for the design and development of the app they are currently working on.
The app will be available on the Google Play Store and Apple Store in the upcoming months.