A Brooklyn politician has a new smartphone app that allows New Yorkers to report crimes without going to the police department, says the New York Daily News. State Sen. Eric Adams’s app lets users snap a picture of suspected criminal activity or make a voice recording describing what they've seen and submit it anonymously. A team of retired law enforcement volunteers will share it with investigators through a private Facebook page.
“It does away with the fear that people have: I don't want to walk into a precinct. I don't want to call the police and have them come to my house because the bad guys are going to see them,” Adams said. A former cop, Adams insisted he's not encouraging people not to call the police — but said many people in high-crime neighborhoods won't report what they know about criminal activity no matter how much they're urged to do so because they fear retaliation or don't trust the police. “We don't want people not calling 911. We will encourage calling 911,” he said. “It may seem strange. We may say to ourselves, 'Just call the police!' That's not the reality. [ ] The reality is people are afraid of the police. Another Brooklyn Senator, Marty Golden, called the idea “foolish.”