About 850 churches, synagogues, temples and other houses of worship will have access to the same anonymous tipster app that more than 440 schools use in Broward County.
Sheriff Gregory Tony announced Friday the extension the agency’s SaferWatch partnership to the religious community so that users can report non-emergency incidents and crime tips in real time directly to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The Broward Sheriff's Office has announced it's adding Houses of Worship to its SaferWatch App, just like it implemented for Broward County schools, courthouse, airport and other public places (Wayne K. Roustan)
The mobile app is credited with stopping school shooting threats, arresting sex offenders, trespassers and burglary suspects, investigating drug cases, and preventing numerous suicides, officials said.
Students, parents, teachers and anyone else can submit photographs, videos, audio files or text messages anonymously through the app.
It is also in use at the Broward County Courthouse, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades and all of the sheriff’s district offices.
To download the SaferWatch app and subscribe to any place of worship, school or Broward Sherif’s Office district, visit BrowardAlerts.com online.
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.
SaferWatch is not a replacement for 911. SaferWatch is a non-emergency tipster service.