Los Angeles Wants You To Be Its Surveillance Spook


Zenon Evans
reason.com
April 16, 2014

Do you want to be the Nancy Drew of Venice Beach? Well, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) has a deal for you. The law enforcement agency announced last week the launch of a program to get civilians to crowdsource the county’s surveillance.

LASD has since November been working with tech companies Amazon, SendUs, and CitizenGlobal to develop the Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository or “LEEDIR,” where people can upload images or video from crime scenes.

At a press conference at the time, then-Sheriff Lee Baca recalled the Boston Bombing. “Law enforcement requested the public to send pictures and video…to the FBI to assist in their investigation. Thousands of valuable pictures and video were sent, however it overwhelmed the service,” he said, and that LASD’s private sector partners were building LEEDIR to overcome this kind of challenge.

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