With the recent iOS12 update, an app called “Shortcuts” enables iPhone users to set up a series of actions through voice command. One user from Arizona, Robert Petersen, created an add-on named “Police” which provides drivers with an increased sense of security in the event of a traffic stop by law enforcement.
All you have to say is, “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over.” Once activated, the shortcut allows Siri to switch your iPhone to “Do Not Disturb” mode, stops any music currently playing, halts notifications, and dims your screen brightness.
Then, the front camera turns on to record the incident. Siri also sends out a text message to a designated contact, notifying him/her what is occurring and your current location.
As soon as the recording is stopped, a copy of the footage is sent to a specific contact and the iPhone returns to its normal functions.
Although the creator said the shortcut wouldn’t be used frequently, if at all. Having it installed on your phone will be a good idea if such a situation ever arises.
While police have body cameras available, not all of them wear it. So many cases end up coming down to the officer’s and the citizen’s word.
However, Shortcuts isn’t the first app to enable cellphone users to document police encounters.
Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union created an app available to Android users called “ACLU Blue,” which records police and shares the footage in a public forum. Additionally, the Google Play store has an app called “I’m Getting Arrested!” which sends a custom alert message if you are getting arrested.