Citizen crime-tracking app, funded by Peter Thiel, scraps plans for on-demand police force
The crowdsourcing crime-tracking app Citizen, whose earliest backers include the venture capitalist billionaire and Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel, is ditching plans to develop a private police force that could be summoned by users via the smartphone app.
The company began offering the service in Los Angeles last month as a pilot program. During the trial, the service, which included a company-branded squad car, was only available to company employees. But last Tuesday, Citizen ended the program, stating it has no plans to launch a similar service elsewhere.