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NCJ Number: NCJ 241377     Find in a Library
Title: Smartphone App Provides Alternative Way for Students To Communicate With Police
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Author(s): Michele Coppola
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2013
Page Count: 0
  Annotation: This feature article from a TechBeat special Web issue on “School Safety” explains the rationale for instituting an app for smartphones that students can use to communicate with school resource officers (SROs) in the schools of Anne Arundel County, MD.
Abstract: The free AACo PD Speak Out app was made available in fall 2012 in order to facilitate student communication with school SROs in a secure, private manner. Although students have been encouraged to report any problems to SROs by visiting their offices in the schools or the use of a phone tip, the app was developed to ensure students would have another option for private communications with SROs. Although the app is designed for public school students in the county, a parent or a private school student can use it as well. SROs forward app messages for appropriate police action. The app is available through the Internet at or through the Google Playstore for Android products or via iTunes for iPhone users. This special issue also provides a menu for accessing various topics and resources on school safety.
Main Term(s): Police school relations
Index Term(s): Communications ; Crime prevention measures ; Crime in schools ; Mobile digital communications ; Youth involvement in crime prevention ; NIJ grant-related documents ; Maryland
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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