Oct 20, 2015 4:57 PM

NH1 News Investigates 'Waze' Around Cops: Does social driving app pose threat to NH police?


GOFFSTOWN – The social media app Waze prides its aim at helping you have a better commute.

However, the Google-owned app is now coming under fire from police departments across the country, including here in New Hampshire.

Goffstown police know the app can help you avoid traffic but it is what they can’t avoid that has some officers feeling uneasy.

The app gives users the ability to share information – like where to avoid heavy traffic, accidents and speed traps.

But officers feel the ability to have someone share to thousands of users where a cop is located, can pose a serious threat to officers.

“If somebody is intent on committing harm to a police officer, they know where to go," said Goffstown Police Chief, Rob Browne. "They can premeditate what their actions would be.”

Not all departments feel the same way, some want to be more high profile but some fear new ‘smart driving’ apps could make them a target.

Lawyers say that because of the first amendment, police do not have a legal leg to stand on if they don’t want to be shown on the app’s map.


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