Mobile app created by US teens one step closer to $30,000 prize at the Hague

Screen Shot 2015-08-21 at 11.44.35 AMAtlanta, GA – August 30th, 2015 – Ima, Asha and Caleb Christian are 17, 16 and 15 years old respectively and they never envisioned that the mobile app they created to improve partnership policing in communities throughout the United States would be considered for the 2015 Innovating Justice Awards, sponsored by the Hiil Innovating Justice Organization at the Hague, Netherlands.

“Since 2012, the Innovating Justice Accelerator has unlocked almost €400,000 for the most promising innovative ideas in the justice sector. HiiL also provides support to scale the impact of the most promising innovations. Winners of the Innovating Justice Awards receive acceleration support with access to funding, networks, partners and expert advice.”

Five-O, the mobile app created by the Christian siblings, allows citizens to rate, review and track each of their interactions with law enforcement.  It also allows citizens to plan community meet up events and advises them on their rights when interacting with law enforcement officers.

The goal of the mobile app is to identify and highlight law enforcement agencies that are getting community policing right, and encourage less than effective agencies to use the successful models as tools for improvement.

The Christian siblings reside in the metro Atlanta area and the oldest sibling Ima will be heading off to Stanford University to study CS and Math in the Fall.  Their Innovating Justice project page can be found here.