SaferWatch Mobile App Partners with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to Deliver Enhanced Safety and Communication
Dec 18, 2019
MIAMI, FL – December 18, 2019 – SaferWatch, a free mobile application that allows citizens to report crimes, suspicious activity and potential threats using their smartphones, is proud to announce a partnership with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee for Super Bowl LIV taking place in Miami on February 2, 2020.
SaferWatch will be used by approximately 10,000 staff and volunteers to help monitor Super Bowl LIV and the events leading up to the game, such as Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe’s. The app is also open to the public for both residents and visitors of South Florida to utilize.
Threats and suspicious activity reported on SaferWatch will go directly and immediately to onsite command centers including the Miami-Dade Police Department, City of Miami Police Department and Miami Beach Police Department, who will be able to view incoming intelligence and directly communicate detailed safety instructions based on the incident.
“We are proud to partner with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee on keeping Super Bowl LIV as fun but also as safe as possible,” said Geno Roefaro, CEO of SaferWatch. “With any large event it’s important for the community to take an active role in safety and report anything they see that may not be right. The SaferWatch app allows you to easily send in photos and videos and it also allows you to receive important safety instructions directly from local law enforcement and security personnel to keep you informed.”
SaferWatch will begin role-specific training for Super Bowl LIV in January, providing volunteers and staff members with important safety, security and human trafficking information along with tips on how to remain vigilant. SaferWatch is also a sponsoring partner of the campaign against human trafficking led by the Office of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and The Women’s Fund and will assist in the efforts to stop and prevent human trafficking.
“While hosting our record-breaking 11th Super Bowl in South Florida, the safety of every member of our community continues to be of outmost importance,” said Rodney Barreto, Chairman of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. “Whether it is during Super Bowl LIVE, our free-to-the-public fan fest at Bayfront Park, or in support of our Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign being led by The Women’s Fund with hundreds of community partners, the SaferWatch App is a great solution that will connect both users and law enforcement for an enhanced and safe experience at all Super Bowl related events.”
SaferWatch was implemented by the Broward County Sheriff's Office after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as a way for students, teachers and the public to report incidents and threats. “The SaferWatch app has given us the ability to receive instantaneous information and crime tips from those we serve. By using the app, you can become a part of the public safety solution,” said Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony. “The more eyes and ears we have in the community, the safer we all become.” Today, SaferWatch covers over 500 schools in South Florida and serves as a safety partner for thousands of other locations, including places of worship, government buildings, airports, seaports, neighborhoods, malls, public venues and major events such as Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Air & Sea Shows in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
“SaferWatch is an important tool assisting us in receiving real-time information throughout South Florida,” said Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina. “You’re going to have technology on your phone that will allow you to directly communicate with our command centers and send images, videos and text messages of potential threats so we can solve problems before they happen. The community is our eyes and ears, and it is especially important to stay connected at large events. Miami is a brilliant city, and we are fortunate to be hosting the Super Bowl. We want to keep our residents and visitors safe as they enjoy the largest sporting event of the year. If you see something, send something."
Implementing SaferWatch in communities, schools and at events has led to the stopping, arrest and prevention of many serious incidents and crimes, including shooting threats, sex offenders, drugs, guns, burglaries, domestic violence and missing persons cases. SaferWatch has also been responsible for helping to prevent multiple suicides and potential school shootings.
SaferWatch is not a replacement of 911, and in the case of an emergency, call 911 first. SaferWatch is iOS and Android compliant and is available for free download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. For more information, please visit SaferWatchApp.com.
SaferWatch is a web and mobile based security platform that provides a higher level of safety for individuals and enhances security for organizations and large events. The app empowers users to report an incident as they see it happening or submit a tip at a later time. After an incident has been reported and police or security receive the intel, the appropriate action is taken, which may include notifying the user directly that help is on the way. If necessary, SaferWatch Alerts can be sent out to certain geographical locations with critical safety instructions. SaferWatch Alerts include both non-emergency notifications such a road closures as well as emergency alerts, which have a unique tone. The app also provides digital panic buttons for employees, two-way live chat capabilities, event and incident management, live streaming video and more.
In South Florida alone, SaferWatch is currently utilized by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Miami Police Department, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Davie Police Department, Sunrise Police Department, Coral Gables Police Department, Pinecrest Police Department, Wilton Manors Police Department, Juno Beach Police Department, Broward County Public Schools, Nova Southeastern University and other organizations around the county.
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