Citizen, the first app to combine location information with 911 intelligence, today became active in Detroit and is available for download.
Citizen provides alerts about incidents like fires, car collisions, and searches for missing people in real time, 24/7.
The alerts are accompanied by live stories, real-time updates, and user-generated content to provide users with situational awareness and a comprehensive picture of what’s happening around them.
“We created Citizen to make your world a safer place,” says Andrew Frame, founder and CEO of Citizen. “We are driven by the extraordinary stories of selflessness and heroism we hear each day from our users. Citizen has prompted multiple families to evacuate burning buildings, and users to help to locate kidnapped children and missing people.”
The app alerts provide people with public safety information previously only available to first responders, says company leaders.
“Citizen gives you peace of mind so you don’t have to worry about why there are cop cars on your corner or helicopters overhead,” says Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP and a social impact investor. “Citizen empowers communities through information equality, enhancing both personal safety and police transparency.”
Citizen is a free app available for iOS and Android platforms. Learn more about the app and download it here.