Imagine Uber but for ordering a private security force directly to your location.
According to leaked emails obtained by Vice, Citizen, the neighborhood watch app where people can report local incidents, is testing that exact concept out.
The internal emails detail a product described as “security response.” Citizens users would be able to request a private security team straight to their doorstep. That team would be made up of individuals from a third party contracted by Citizen.
Sources familiar with the service, including former Citizen employees, told Vice that the company had been “actively testing the program” in order to improve the speediness of the response times and the communication between Citizen and the third-party security firm.
Citizen has apparently been testing the in-app service with its workers. Emails cite one example where an employee ordered a security guard who showed up within 10 minutes to escort them to their destination.
In addition to providing these security forces to its own users, Citizen has also pitched this service to the Los Angeles Police Department. The leaked emails, according to Vice, claim the LAPD responded positively to it and even referred to it as a “game changer.”
Global private security contractor Securitas is one of the companies specifically mentioned in the emails as providing the security forces for Citizen users. A search of the company pulls up some concerning recent stories involving their employees. One story details…