“When seconds count, the police are only minutes away…”
This statement is not just a snide remark—but throughout history has been factually true, simply due to geographic restraints. The police can’t be everywhere, all the time. Neither can firefighters or EMTs or ambulances. So in an emergency situation, in which immediate action could mean the difference between life and death for someone, calling 911 and waiting for professional emergency personnel to arrive and handle the situation simply isn’t good enough. And as a result, homes and business burn, or criminals escape, or innocent people suffer worsening injuries, or even die needlessly.
This is why we as citizens, as responsible members of our communities, should have readily at hand (and be trained in the proper and effective use of) firearms, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits, as well as having at least some basic emergency medical training or knowledge such as CPR, poison treatment, assisting people who are choking, or drowning, how to stop and/or treat bleeding—including applying tourniquets, burn treatment, etc.
But today, there is another increasingly prevalent problem with calling 911 in an emergency situation: in addition to emergency responders, we are potentially summonsing police officers to the scene—and in today’s emerging militarized police state, in which police officers serve the state (and themselves) rather than the people, the act of calling 911 has become an increasingly risky and downright dangerous prospect. I think it’s safe to say that just as we wouldn’t want an agent or bureaucrat from any other predatory government agency—such as the IRS, or EPA, or OSHA, or the countless others—to pay us a visit at our home or business, most of us wouldn’t want police officers doing so for any reason either, if it can be at all avoided.
These days, anyone calling police to the scene of an emergency—regardless of what it is—runs the real risk of they themselves being assaulted, or fined, or their property seized. In fact, the distressed person who called 911 in the first place can even end up arrested or even killed by the very officers they called for assistance. They are also placing their family in danger, and are even apt to get their beloved dog shot and killed—which was just minding its own business, being a dog, and had nothing to do with any of it. (Various animal activist groups have recently reported that across the U.S., police officers kill dogs an average of one every 98 minutes).
How many more stories about people who called the police for assistance ending up arrested or dead at the hands of the officers who arrived do we need to hear about before we figure out that calling 911 ain’t such a hot idea these days? (Unless, of course, one has a death wish or suicide pact or something of that nature).
And what’s more: the biggest, most tragic terrorist event in history—the 9/11 attacks—resulted in 2,996 deaths (2,977 victims and the 19 hijackers). But even more tragic: since that day in 2001, U.S. police officers have killed over 5,000 American citizens. This, simply as a matter of factual statistics, makes domestic police forces and its loyal officers the overall biggest safety threat to Americans in their homeland on a day-to-day basis. In fact, the chances of a U.S. citizen being killed by a police officer is 9 times greater than that of being killed by a terrorist.
That means calling 911 for any reason—emergency or not, life-threatening or not—is one of the most dangerous things we can do, and today many activist groups advise against it. In the case of injury, it is advised that if at all possible, take the injured person to the hospital yourself—do not call 911. If you do, you’re just asking for trouble.
See—this is what happens when you call the cops:
Well, the good news is that now there’s another option available; we no longer have to take that risk—we no longer have to “call the cops”—when faced with an emergency: Enter Peacekeeper, the free smart phone app that enables users to create a community-based response service! The app connects family, friends, co-workers, and community members together, enabling community interdependence and empowering family and friends to protect and assist one another.
From Peacekeeper‘s press release:
“Peacekeeper, a free, community-based emergency response Smartphone app, cuts emergency response times by relying on nearby neighbors. When a user is in an emergency, the app notifies neighbors, friends and family and gives them the chance to be first responders. The system enables individuals to easily send, receive, and respond to emergency alerts. The design of the app gives users the ability to get the help they need when seconds count the most.”
So now, instead of calling 911 and wasting crucial time waiting for assistance to arrive from distant medical or law enforcement facilities—and taking on the inherent risks involved—with a simple press of a button, a Peacekeeper alert can be sent instantly and responded to immediately by neighbors right next door or across the street, or nearby friends, relatives, co-workers, etc. Their response time, obviously, will be a far cry faster than that of 911 responders, and—just as important—the caller can rest assured that their responder’s motivation and concern will be in the best interest and wellbeing of the caller and/or family (including the dog!)—whereas calling 911 carries no such assurance.
Perhaps one of your neighbors or nearby friends has medical training—a nurse, an EMT, a physician—wouldn’t it make sense to be able to alert them to an emergency situation, have them arrive on the scene to assist immediately, when the quickest possible response time is crucial? You could have a trained firefighter living right next door or across the street—why not be able to alert them in the case of a fire? Or perhaps you have neighbors or nearby friends or relatives who are trained in self-defense, or work in the security field, or simply own, and are welled trained in the use of, a firearm; how much quicker and effective—and safer for you—would it be to alert them to an intruder or other domestic disturbance, enabling them to arrive within minutes or even seconds to assist you? With Peacekeeper, all these alternatives are now possible; and dialing 911 for help can become a secondary option, rather than a necessity.
So—just as app-based services such as Uber and Lyft are empowering people to circumvent the highly regulated and monopolistic taxi industry, enabling people instead to connect with one another through the app, matching available drivers with those needing a ride based on GPS proximity, and thus offering faster, higher quality, friendlier, more cost-effective rideshare services—the Peacekeeper app will enable families, friends, co-workers, and community members to connect together, establish close-promity emergency response teams, and circumvent the traditional, inefficient 911 emergency response system as well as potentially untrustworthy authorities, with all network members having greater peace of mind in knowing that the responders they call will not only arrive more quickly, but will also always have the best interest and wellbeing of the caller at heart.
And an added benefit: Once the app is well know and widely adopted, it will become an effective deterrent to wrongdoers and criminals; knowing responders are likely close by, they’ll be more apt to think twice about it…
Peacekeeper offers four types of alerts: Medical, Fire, Intruder, and Abduction, and users have two layers of protection: their Emergency Response Group (ERG) and their Alliance, all ready to respond at the touch of a button. ERG’s consist of the neighbors that you choose to be in your network. Alliances are designated family and friends who may be geographically further away, but will likely act quickly in an emergency. Alerts also contain detailed information about the emergency so the recipients know where to find the person and what to expect when they arrive, and responders and victims can communicate in real-time via the built-in chat feature.
Some of the advantages Peacekeeper has over traditional methods of protection:
- Responders can be mere seconds away during an emergency
- You can choose people you trust with your safety and wellbeing
- You can build a network of like-minded friends, family and neighbors who are dedicated to maintaining a safe community
- Optional training and planning for those in your network
According to founder Cody Drummond:
“Peacekeeper allows individuals to establish groups ahead of time, so when an emergency arrises, you can quickly send, receive, and respond to detailed emergency alerts.”
“The Peacekeeper app is designed to change how people think and feel about emergency response by building tools, relationships and training that empower individuals to take action within their own communities. This has the potential to dramatically reduce assault, improve security and improve safety in neighborhoods around the world.”
Though Peacekeeper is currently designed for home use, as the network grows there are plans to implement additional features which will enable users to send alerts from any location for emergency response wherever they happen to be.
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