Encountering the police in general can suck. It can be even worse when you’re a person of color. But LAs ABC7 reports that the Los Angeles County Sheriffs are trying something a bit different to improve interactions between the public and police. A new app is being tested that will allow people to video call the officer that’s pulling them over.
SafeStop is proud to announce our official partnership with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department and the City of West Hollywood. Come join our movement to de-escalate traffic stops, adding a new tool to the community's modern tool box. Download our app today@WHDLASD @WeHoCity pic.twitter.com/inlfd7AGI4
— SafeStop (@SafeStopTraffic) September 20, 2023
The sheriff’s department in West Hollywood is using a new app from a company called SafeStop. While details on how exactly this all works are a little light, the gist of it is when an officer initiates a traffic stop on a motorist, the driver will open up the SafeStop app on their phones and initiate a video call that allows the officer and driver to talk without ever having to leave their vehicles. Data shows that the first few moments of a traffic stop are critical in how things go forward; even more so when the stops involve Black drivers.
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