USING TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT CRIME AND KEEP YOU SAFE – BSO INTRODUCES CYBERVISORSM
Many police and fire departments are using social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to connect with the neighborhoods they serve. At the Broward Sheriff's Office, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to stay connected to the communities and businesses we service. Given the state of our economy, those of us in public safety must take advantage of every opportunity available to help keep our residents better informed. To that end, our agency created an “official” page on Facebook. On our Facebook page you can view important public safety messages, view agency “action” photos, check out job opportunities and monitor wanted criminals.
Our agency is the third largest sheriff’s office in the nation, employing nearly 6,000 deputies, fire rescue and support personnel. We considered utilizing Twitter as a communication tool, but the size of our county and the varied needs of our residents and business owners would require more than a dozen Twitter accounts. By using an outside advisory system, our agency would be unable to maintain the database of users – which is a great concern to me. Since the security and privacy of those who sign up could not be maintained by our agency, I knew we needed to use something more effective and more secure.
After some research and planning, the Broward Sheriff’s Office has created our own secure advisory system to communicate with the public. The newly launched program – CyberVisorSM – is the first advisory system of its kind created only for public safety news and information. Similar to Twitter, CyberVisorSM allows the commands in our multiple jurisdictions to communicate with the residents and businesses in their assigned areas. Once logged on to www.sheriff.org/cybervisor, the user has the opportunity to sign up for multiple cities and towns where BSO provides service or just the area where they live or work. The registration page includes mapping which indicates BSO’s jurisdictions. CyberVisorSM is also designed to allow our agency to communicate with those who work at the Broward County Courthouse (including all satellite courts); the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport; and Port Everglades. An advisory system of this kind is vital to ensuring the safety of our courts, airport and seaport.
By registering for CyberVisorSM you will receive e-mail or text messages from our agency about the following topics that may affect your neighborhood, business or commute:
- criminal activity, such as vehicle break-ins or burglaries
- traffic information, including roadway closures and construction zones
- upcoming events, like car safety seat inspections or new BSO safety programs
- important safety tips to keep your home, business and property safe
- BOLO’s (Be On the Look Out) for wanted suspects or alerts about missing children
You can also sign up to receive breaking news from our Media Relations team and my monthly message. The more information you have, the safer you can be. Visit www.sheriff.org/cybervisor and sign up for BSO’s CyberVisorSM today!
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