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New Program to Let Eyewitnesses Share Cellphone Video with Law Enforcement

LEEDIR will give Los Angeles law enforcement access to even more evidence. 

Amazon and Citizen Global teamed up with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department to create a program called LEEDIR that allows people to anonymously upload photos, videos and other eyewitness information for police to use.

LEEDIR, or Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository, allows people to anonymously submit photos and videos that law enforcement agencies can access for free during a major disaster or attack.

Officers thought of the program after the overwhelming amount of eyewitness accounts at last year's Boston Marathon bombings.

People e-mailed photos and videos to law enforcement, but police didn't receive everything because the quantity of information overwhelmed their local system.

Many people think the program will change law enforcement strategies. 

"We think eyewitness photos and videos are going to be the new standard for public safety," said Nick Namikas, CEO of Citizen Global. 

USC's DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle agreed, especially after fights broke out at the university's Springfest concert last Saturday.

"We were told several students videotaped some of the incidents," said Carlisle. "Well where did they send that video tape because we'd be interested in seeing it. So what if we came up with a Trojan application on a similar platform that we could use for strictly USC events."

Witnesses can submit their photos or videos on their compute or using an app on their smart phone or tablet. 

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