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How To Report A Possible Community, School Safety Threat In 10 Minutes

Community members can report a potential threat to iWatchTexas via an app, online or over the phone. The resource launched last year, shortly after the shooting at Santa Fe High School.

The iWatchTexas application was released in 2018 to help report suspicious activity in school and communities.

iWatchTexas is a reporting system that allows Texans to report potential threats in their communities and schools.

The reporting system — launched last year after a shooting at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead and 10 others injured — was briefly mentioned during the first meeting of the Texas House Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety, which met last week to discuss the implementation of Gov. Greg Abbott’s eight executive orders.

The orders mainly focus on strengthening how law enforcement responds to and can prevent future shootings, mainly by improving how members of the public and law enforcement agencies report worries that a person may be a safety threat.

“Our law enforcement officers often rely on vigilant Texans to help keep communities safe, and this new tool will give everyone the ability to quickly and easily communicate with authorities and help prevent future tragedies,” said Gov. Greg Abbott in a press release.

The Texas Tribune repeatedly reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety but never heard back from department officials. The agency also did not respond to several requests for details about how the reports are analyzed once they’re submitted. Information regarding iWatchTexas was gathered from DPS press releases and a program pamphlet.

Where do I submit?

The reporting system is available as a mobile app or through an online portal. You can also phone in your concerns at 844-643-2251. iWatchTexas has a specific section for school-related reports.

How long does it take?

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