Indianapolis Department of Public Safety Transforms Community Engagement with SafeTown™ a Cloud-Based Social Media Platform from InterAct™.

Indianapolis launches SafeTown, an online tool that helps public safety agencies connect and share real-time information with residents.

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By launching SafeTown, we are empowering the citizens of Indianapolis to assist us in protecting their neighborhoods by raising awareness of what is happening around them, as it happens.

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) November 12, 2013

Today, the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety launched SafeTown Community Alerts, a cloud-based application developed by InterAct that will help local public safety agencies connect and share information with the citizens of Indianapolis.

SafeTown Community Alerts allows authorities to publish alerts such as traffic incidents, HAZMAT warnings or public ‘be on the lookout’ (BOLO) notices where citizens can view information in real time on the SafeTown map. Additionally, SafeTown’s applications are fully integrated with InterAct’s suite of public safety applications, so information is always accurate and up to date for first responders in the field.

Key Features of SafeTown Community Alerts:

  • Agencies can post 9-1-1 incidents from their CAD system to the community in real time on the SafeTown Map.
  • Agencies can also post non 9-1-1 alerts, such as missing persons, public BOLO's and weather related alerts to the community.
  • Citizens in the community can comment on posted alerts, and all crowd-sourced comments are provided back to the agencies in a connected thread.

“SafeTown is a great resource for people to stay informed and safe in Indianapolis,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “I encourage everyone to utilize SafeTown to stay up to date with critical events and alerts, report suspicious activity, and eventually complete a household profile so our first responders know how best to protect you and your family.”

Additional features will be added to SafeTown in the coming months. The Household Profile feature will let residents complete a survey of their residence that could help guide first responders in the event of an emergency. The secure profile will let public safety crews know basic information such as: the number of people living in the home, presence of pets, people with special needs, and other critical information that will help crews respond quickly in the event of an emergency.

"Our primary mission is to safeguard the citizens of Indianapolis and we are always looking for ways to make people and their communities safer," said Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs. "Community engagement is instrumental in preventing and solving crime. By launching SafeTown, we are empowering the citizens of Indianapolis to assist us in protecting their neighborhoods by raising awareness of what is happening around them, as it happens.”

“The intelligent application of cloud technology to connect the public to public safety will provide valuable support to the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety’s goal of improving the quality of emergency services they provide their community,” said Jim Wilson GM/VP of SafeTown. “By adopting SafeTown, the Indianapolis community now has access to a simple and powerful set of cloud applications which are as easy for the public to utilize as Google, Facebook and Twitter.”

About InterAct™
InterAct creates public safety software products that support dispatchers, incident responders (law, fire, EMS) and correctional officers worldwide. We bring the benefits of cloud computing to public safety. Our cloud applications connect public safety practitioners to each other and the information they need anywhere, anytime. Our cloud options are more reliable, less costly, easier to use, and more secure. We believe the benefits of cloud computing are so great that its adoption has become a key success factor in achieving the mission that we share with our customers: the safety and well-being of citizens and their communities. To learn more about InterAct’s solutions, please visit us at: http://www.interact911.com.

About SafeTown™
SafeTown delivers services to the community via a community web portal and a family of smart phone apps. With SafeTown, citizens can create household profiles for first responders to use. Agencies can post alerts to all SafeTown subscribers in the community and citizens can report non-emergency problems or suspicious activity.

Additionally, real time events and crime history can be viewed on a map, and authorities can publish information to the community about inmates in local correctional facilities. To learn more about SafeTown, please visit http://www.safetown.org.

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