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Idaho city rejects pilot using “neighborhood watch” tech


MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – The city of Moscow has rejected a free pilot program that would use a smartphone application to help prevent crime.

The Daily News of Pullman reports the technology would allow certain people such as health professionals to quickly notify law enforcement of potential crimes or suspicious activities.

The City Council on Monday voted against participating in the project with Kestrel Technology Group.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry says he was approached by the University of Idaho Center for Resilient Communities to participate in the neighborhood watch program after a threat against Moscow schools in March.

Fry supported the idea, saying they need to look “outside of the box” in providing safety. Opponents raised concerns including worries the program could be divisive.

The app allows a user to hit three buttons to report various levels of activities.

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