Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find all the details about how BlueJay works, why we collect this info, and how we secure all of it.
What is the origin of BlueJay?
A traffic stop is likely to happen to almost every person at some point. All communities are different, and all people have different needs. The information we use is carefully selected in order to make a more humanized interaction. Rather than only seeing your driving record and car registration, BlueJay provides your officer with who you are, what you do, what disabilities (if any) you may have, communication barriers and what community you may be a part of. This allows the officer to tailor their approach to you.
Can any of the information I'm volunteering hurt or incriminate me?
BlueJay promotes transparency above all else. The only way this platform can do any harm is dependent on the accuracy of the information provided in your BlueJay Driver Profile and during the BlueJay Environmental Survey.
This is amongst the most vital information you can share. Listing any disabilities allows your officer to be conscious of who you are and any limitations you may have when being pulled over.
BlueJay aims to make every user feel more accommodated. Alongside newly adopted services, police departments will be able to provide you on-demand language interpretation for up to 240 languages.
The license plate is essential to the functionality of BlueJay. Not only is your profile identified via your license plate number, law enforcement officers initiate the traffic stop alert by entering this number.
Providing any medical conditions you may have allows first responders to know who is in the car and what this individual may be experiencing in the moment.
Mental Health Conditions
At BlueJay Partners, LLC, we understand how intense a traffic stop may be. We advocate for individuals who may suffer from a mental health condition. By providing this information, police officers and first responders who are trained for mental health crises can understand and provide the necessary care to these individuals.
Although this one may seem concerning, your occupation can be an opportunity for your officer to make a more informed decision relating to the scenario. For example, if the officer sees tools or equipment in the car, and you have identified you are a construction worker, they know the tools pertain to your work creating less guess work and need for questions during a stop.
Race & Gender
This information is solely gathered to generate potential trends in policing, as well as serve as another identification tool.
What if I'm being pulled over and I'm not the driver?
By way of the BlueJay Environmental Survey, you will be able to let your officer know if you are driving the car or not. If you let a friend or family member use your car for a moment, you'll know right away they were pulled over, as well as their location.
What will police do with my information?
Your information can only be accessed if you are being pursued. Other than viewing your profile to make the best informed decisions during a traffic stop, police departments will have no interaction or access to your data.
Where did the name BlueJay come from?
BlueJays are known to be beautiful, intelligent and highly protective birds. BlueJays are known protectors and defenders, but are not viewed as birds of prey. They occupy the space of strength without malice, and of course the blue tie to law enforcement helps connect the app with that space.
Why am I volunteering so much information?
BlueJay is designed to humanize every interaction. Secondly, and arguably, the most powerful feature of BlueJay is the information you provide in the BlueJay Driver Experience Survey after your interaction with your officer. The more questionnaires we receive, the more insights we will be able to provide about your local police department.