BSO EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH SAFERWATCH TO HELP PROTECT HOUSES OF WORSHIP

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 20-1-20 

Date: Jan. 23, 2020

10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
Public Safety Building (Multi Purpose Room)
2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

By providing a modern-day approach to connect with local law enforcement conveniently and privately from your smartphone, tips through the SaferWatch app have already resulted in the stopping of school shooting threats, the arrests of sex offenders, drug-related cases, trespassing suspects and burglary suspects and have even led to multiple suicide preventions. Recognizing the value of this tool, the Broward Sheriff’s Office is expanding its partnership with SaferWatch to help protect houses of worship in Broward County.

Sheriff Gregory Tony and SaferWatch President Geno Roefaro will meet with religious leaders from various denominations at 10 a.m. tomorrow to discuss how the app can be used to help keep their institutions safe.

The mobile app allows users to report non-emergency incidents and crime tips in real time directly to BSO. The app covers more than 440 public, charter and private schools in Broward County and gives students, parents, teachers and anyone in the community the ability to submit photos, videos, audio files or text messages anonymously. And now, SaferWatch includes more than 850 houses of worship, the Broward County Courthouse, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades and all of BSO’s district offices.

To download the SaferWatch app and subscribe to your place of worship, school or BSO district, click here: BrowardAlerts.com. If you do not see your place of worship listed on the app, contact SaferWatch directly at Support@SaferWatchApp.com, and the location will be added to the network. 

If you see something, send something. Remember, SaferWatch is not a replacement for 911; for all emergencies, please call 911.

THIS REPORT BY:
Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO