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Last updated November 4, 2016

CopCritic App: Helping Police & Public Communicate Better

View live interactions with police. Rate officer performance, post comments, escalate streams. CopCritic reduces tensions & saves lives

CopCritic App: Helping Police & Public Communicate Better

View live interactions with police. Rate officer performance, post comments, escalate streams. CopCritic reduces tensions & saves lives

pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 4 2016 3:20 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 4, 2016

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What is CopCritic?

CopCritic is the first live streaming application and website focused specifically on ensuring safe interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve in the US and UK.

CopCritic allows the public to view, monitor, rate, comment on and escalate videos where officers are over aggressive or someone’s life is in danger.  

The CopCritic application, the 3 Ls process and our analytics reporting is designed to de-escalate potential life threatening situations during routine stops. Here's how it works:

  • User pushes the Live Stream button when confronted by police  
  • CopCritic notifies app user’s emergency contacts and sends them link to live stream 
  • CopCritic app broadcasts the live interaction with police
  • Stream is archived to a channel based on the police station and location
  • Public can view live and archived streams
  • Viewers can rate, comment and escalate a live stream if officer is too aggressive. 
  • Data gathered from ratings, comments and forum posts are used to help improve knowledge and training for law enforcement 


CopCritic Mission and Goals

The mission of CopCritic is to end the avoidable violence, which law abiding citizens sometimes encounter when interacting with police. To balance the systemic injustices and unfair treatment that ultimately lead to excessive force and shootings. 

To disarm the tensions police have when approaching minorities, and to ensure both party’s safety. 

To help law enforcement understand what is considered good and poor behavior from the public's perception. 

And to provide law enforcement with data and analytics to help them better understand the communities they serve and improve training.

Why We Need Change

  • Police have killed at least 1,624 people in 2015 & 2016.  
  • 198 of them were unarmed.  
  • Only 10 cases have resulted in an officer being charged with a crime.
  • According to a recent nation wide survey, 61% of officers do not always report serious abuse by fellow officers. And 52% turn a blind eye to excessive force committed by fellow officers  
  • This means that our cell phones, in some cases, is the only defense law abiding citizens have from poorly trained officers.
  • With CopCritic, we will be able to identify officers that have a history of aggressive behavior, and get them the proper training they need before another tragic accident occurs.
It’s time for transparency in these incidents!  

According to statistics 11 million Blacks and Hispanics will get pulled over
716,000 will get searched and 386,000 will experience excessive force. This means that we, and our cell phones, may be the only line of defense when it comes to incidents with aggressive and abusive law enforcement officers.

Benefits to the Public

  • Complete transparency with law enforcement interactions  
  • A standard process for ensuring safety for police and public  
  • App user’s loved ones get notified immediately when there is a situation
  • Encourages police to be on their best behavior 

Benefits to Law Enforcement

  • Officers can increase public confidence and trust  
  • Streams can be used as training tools  
  • Complete transparency. Captures more than patrol car can  
  • Peace of mind knowing citizen is asking for safe, peaceful interaction
  • Provides a bridge between law enforcement and community

Benefits to Parents

  • Parents will know when child is in police custody  
  • Child has a standard, safe process for interacting with authorities  
  • There is complete transparency in the way their child is handled  
  • Their children will know loved ones are with them  
  • Parents can respond faster

Why Now?

  • This issue is at the forefront of race relations  
  • Noted politicians, athletes and other celebrities have called for change
  • America (and the UK) is open for ideas to create change  


Total Available Market (TAM) 

  • 49.1 million African Americans and Hispanics are high targets for unfair traffic stops and police profiling 

Segmented Available Market (SAM) 

  • 23.9 million African Americans and Hispanic males between 15-44 years 
  • 6.6 million of them live in the top 10 cities with police shooting 

Serviceable Obtainable Market (SOM)

  • 20% or 4.78 million

These figures are for US app streamers (broadcasters) only and excludes UK figures. Viewers and subscribers, as well as UK figures make these figures approximately 8x higher (38.24 million).

Business Model

  • Mobile app downloads – Free 
  • Website and mobile stream viewing – Free 
  • App/site registration - Free 
  • Grow user base!!! 
  • Funding and/or grants (minimum $30,000/month) 
  • Partner with law enforcement consulting companies 
  • Sell user survey data for targeted ads 
  • Advertisements (possibly in-app ads. minimal) 
  • State & local law enforcement contracts (training, data analysis) 
  • Sell research, advanced analytics and survey data

Funding Goals

Funding goals for FY17-20 equal $1,080,000  

In order to become the leader in law enforcement data when it comes to public interactions and opinion, CopCritic expenses are estimated to be between $25K - $32K monthly.

  • Hardware Two (2) MySQL database servers ($200 each/month) = $400
  • One (1) offline database server for statistics ($200/month) = $200  
  • Four (4) app servers ($60 each/month) = $240  
  • Two (2) staging environment servers & one (1) staging database server = $160  
  • SSL, streaming bandwidth (hosting), storage = $200  
  • Labor Application/web development = $5,000  
  • Data analytics expertise = $10,000  
  • Law Enforcement Training Expertise = $3,000
  • Site Administration = $2,000  
  • Marketing = $5,000  
  • Security = $2,500  
  • Office Rent = $1,500  
  • Office Supplies = $500 

Risks and challenges

Since the websites and mobile applications have been developed and are in final testing mode, challenges are minimal in terms of developing the application.

It will be a challenge convincing many people in the public that this application is not designed to discredit police officers, but instead to improve officer performance and highlight good practices observed along with poor practices.

Over 1 million people who will be victims of police brutality or unjust treatment and the approximately 100 unarmed citizens who will be shot dead each year by law enforcement are at risk if nothing is done.

There is a risk that I will not be able to personally continue to fund this project when the app launches and bandwidth/server costs, analytics support and law enforcement training consulting costs are applied.

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