crime prevention

SaferWatch App Implemented For Houses Of Worship In Broward

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Wayne K. Roustan / South Florida Sun Sentinel

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.

Sexual violence against children happens everywhere: in wealthy enclaves, in slums, in suburbs, in rural villages.

Invariably, it happens in secret: in the privacy of family homes, in dark corners of schools and churches, and in murky shadows at neighborhood, community, sporting and scouting events.

Sammy Mack / WLRN

The Broward County Crime Commission held its third annual conference addressing societal violence in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.

The conference—provocatively called "Society Gone Mad"—offered a series of panels reflecting the more violent themes in our current news cycle: workplace homicide and assault, shootings at places of worship, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking of children, road rage and more. Local experts were asked to identify underlying causes of these crimes, and opportunities to prevent them.

National Night Out Hollywood
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

'National Night Out' is an annual campaign that encourages people to get to know their neighbors, police and city officials - and organize against crime. 

In Hollywood, that looked like 13 block parties on the same night, all hosted by civic associations.

"Rain or shine it doesn't matter - we need more community involvement," Pam Burgio said. 

 

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the head of Florida’s Juvenile Justice system are just some of the speakers at this year’s annual conference focusing on preventing crime in the black community.