TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-The Tippecanoe County Sheriffs' office has a new tool to help them with both receiving and sending out information. The Saferwatch app helps both police and citizens. Community members are able to send information to the sheriff's office with pictures and videos. The TCSO can send out notifications about something that is happening in the community. Since the sheriff's office has been using the app over 14,0000 people have subscribed and are using it.
The app is also being used in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. TSC teachers and staff now have access to SaferWatch's mobile panic buttons in case of an emergency.
When a SaferWatch panic button is pressed, it automatically alerts the county's 911 dispatch center and nearby first responders. It then shares critical information to streamline an emergency response.
This new technology is something school resource officers say is available to other school corporations in the county as well.
"This is something that is available to all the corporations inside of our county," said TSC school resource officer Aaron Gilman. "If anyone wants to have this app or the ability to use it for their staff we would be happy to entertain that and would look forward to them reaching out to us so we can get them up and running with the program."
Teachers and school administrators only have access to the panic button when they are on the campus of the school that they work in. Once they leave the geo-fenced area that panic button disappears. The panic button can be used by school administrators and teachers in 4 situations. Those include a crime in progress, medical emergency, fire, or if an active shooter is on school grounds. The app is free for download both on apple and android phones.