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Teens create mobile app to help citizens monitor law enforcement conduct

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14-year-old high school freshman Caleb Christian grew concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news.

He knew that while there were bad cops out there, good police officers also existed in various parts of the country. The problem was that he had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.

So, together with his two older sisters, Ima and Asha, they created a mobile app development company — Pinetart Inc., from which the Five-O mobile app was born.

From Pinetart Inc.: 

Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer.  It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired.  These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured. Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.

“We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens. In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services”, says Co-founder and Parkview High School senior, Ima Christian.

Read more at Pinetart, Inc.

The trio picked up coding skills after being exposed to MIT’s k12 Scratch and App Inventor programs in elementary school. Soon after, their parents encouraged them to learn JavaScript, HTML, CSS and Java.

Five-O is currently in Alpha testing and will be available to the public on Aug. 18 on both Apple and Android platforms.

Pinetart has two additional apps in progress and encourages users to like their Facebook and Twitter pages to receive a prelaunch version of their apps for testing and review.

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