The state of police work in the U.S. continues to be called into question. Due to major budget cutbacks amid a worsening economy, many areas have been left with part-time police and 911 response. And even if available, the wait times can be life threatening.
Moreover, the police who do show up are often of a completely different mindset than the police of yesteryear. An increasingly militarized police force can show up to an emergency response call as though it is territory to be invaded and occupied.
People are beginning to look to technology as a possible solution.
We previously reported on a community response app called Peacekeeper. Designed for smartphones, the app was built to encourage connectivity with your neighbors, family and friends in order to establish a network filled with people who already have earned your trust. The creators call this concept “Peer-to-Peer Protection.”
As Americans celebrate the concept of independence, today July 4th, please read the latest updates on this project, watch their video, and learn how we can work together to fundamentally decrease our misplaced dependence on centralized security.
Here are some excerpts from their press release for Peacekeeper 2.0 – The Fire Rises
A Real Solution
Emergency protection is a vital service that we all need. But let’s face it – most of us know that the government is not able to protect us.
When seconds count, police are just minutes away. That’s why we are determined to create a system that actually puts the odds in your favor.
Some individual police are heroes. But the institution as a whole is broken. It’s bureaucratic, has the wrong incentives, and is too slow to be there when you need help.
We deserve better. We need better.
That’s why we’re building Peacekeeper. If the idea of a decentralized, fast, agile protection system that does an end-run around the State is something that appeals to you, contribute now and help us turn this vision into a reality.
In 2013 we started with a vision to revolutionize community protection.
In 2014 we released our first mobile application on iOS and Android.
It is now 2015, and we are poised to create something even bigger and better.
By contributing to the development of the new Peacekeeper app, you will be helping to build a completely new system of protection from the ground up.
With a new, cleaner, faster app, you and your peers will have unprecedented access to real-time emergencies happening right around you. You can step in to be the hero someone needs.
And if you’re in a crisis, help is as close as the nearest Peacekeeper user. Just use the app and every Peacekeeper user in the area will be alerted. Whether it’s your ex-Marine buddy or your EMT neighbor, help can be there in minutes or even seconds.
Peacekeeper is the future. It’s the Uber to law enforcement’s Taxi. The Bitcoin of private protection. It’s sweeping away the failed, monopolistic, violent status quo and replacing it with something fast, agile, and accountable to you.
Please visit the Peacekeeper 2.0 Indiegogo Campaign and read their detailed breakdown of how to take this concept to the next level, as well as the many perks available for your participation.