Broward Sheriff’s Offices launches mobile app for reporting suspicious activity
By Christen Smith
Screenshot of SaferWatch demonstration video. (Photo: SaferWatch App)
Law enforcement in the southern Florida community where a brutal school shooting unfolded earlier this year launched a new mobile app last week for reporting suspicious activity.
SaferWatch allows users to send in tips to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office regarding incidents of bullying, perceived threats and other concerning behaviors in local schools. About 400 schools, including some in other regions of Florida and as far north as Massachusetts, registered to send out continuous updated through the app, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.
“We want students, parents and faculty to know we’re engaged, and our main focus is to keep schools and children safe,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference earlier this month, cautioning the app doesn’t replace 911. “It’s about calls like bullying, information a child might be posting.”
Israel told reporters last week the app already connected a student in need with district officials, a resource officer and mental health services. The Criminal Investigations Division of the BSO will monitor all incoming tips, according to the newspaper.
Israel came under fire in February after investigators learned the BSO received multiple warnings about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz — a former