BSO LAUNCHES NEW SAFERWATCH APP

PIO Number: 18-8-19

Date: Aug. 21, 2018

School safety is a top priority at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. To help keep schools and communities even safer, BSO has launched a free mobile app that puts two-way communication with investigators at users’ fingertips.

Similar to “See Something, Say Something,” SaferWatch encourages users to “See Something, Send Something” through the app. Tipsters who wish to be contacted will be informed that their information was received. The app also allows users to provide information anonymously. Additionally, students, parents and teachers have the ability to subscribe to a school’s location and receive alerts. The two-way communication system also allows users to receive emergency and non-emergency alerts in real time.

“The SaferWatch application allows you to report non-emergencies and suspicious activity and submit anonymous tips directly to the Broward Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “This is a valuable tool for everyone, but our initial goal is to have students and school staff download the app and report suspicious behavior and activities. With your help, we can make our schools and community even safer.”

The app can be easily downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Users can select any schools within Broward County. The tips are sent to BSO’s Criminal Investigations Division for processing. Tips received that fall outside of BSO’s jurisdiction will be routed to the appropriate agency. Alerts and safety instructions may be sent to any geo-fenced school or area. The app does not replace 911. For emergencies, always dial 911.

To download and learn more about SaferWatch, go to BrowardAlerts.com. Click here to view the SaferWatch video

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