Neighborhood Watch of the Future
"Neighborhood Watch of the Future"
Beacon is a community-based, technology-enabled reporting system designed to detect and prevent school shootings and other incidents of mass violence. Like neighborhood watch programs or the national See Something, Say Something™ campaign, its focus is on community awareness and involvement. Beacon is a combination smartphone application and website portal interface which enables easy-to-learn reporting and communication between trusted community members (known as Community Safety Partners, or CSPs) and law enforcement. Beacon is customizable to each community’s needs and meets or exceeds advanced standards for data security and information integrity.
Added Safety for Schools and Communities
A common feeling after a school shooting is often articulated as “I never thought it would happen here.” An easy-to-use smart phone application in the hands of teachers can mean life or death differences when the unthinkable happens.
Beacon recognizes the close interactions that teachers have with students and uses technology to quickly provide trusted information to law enforcement and school administration in a secure manner that protects privacy and protects lives.
The same technology that adds safety to schools can be applied to the broader community. Local citizens, carefully selected from within the community, receive training to become Community Safety Partners. These trained volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the community:
Beacon is safe, secure, and highly customizable to accommodate the goals of your community. The input of Community Safety Partners enhances community safety by providing law enforcement and decision makers with insight from a source often untapped. These CSPs care about the safety of their neighbors and their communities. Simply stated, Beacon takes the concept of a “tip line” into the smartphone age, providing another tool for community safety.