Citizen will tell you why helicopters are flying overhead

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Citizen, the mobile app that sends users location-based safety alerts in real time, announced that it’s introducing helicopter tracking to the app, which will explain to users why there are flying vehicles overhead.

The team told The Verge it employs a 24/7 group to review 911 communications, and now they’ll review data about police helicopters, too. Similar to all the info on Citizen, users can add their own comments and videos about the incident while Citizen verifies it on its end.

The helicopter tool is the latest in Citizen’s arsenal in its attempt to become the place where people get all their local crime info. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it introduced an in-app contact tracing tool, and the company says it’s seen over 7 million sign ups since its launch in 2017.


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