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Home  |  News  |  Sheriff unveils FREE technology - first of its kind in USA‏

Sheriff unveils FREE technology - first of its kind in USA‏
Friday, February 24, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff announces technology (the first of its kind) which enables the Department to leverage technology; to build stronger more involved communities.

During a news conference today, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and Guardian Watch™ President Gordon Jones stood with community activists and CAT Team Deputies to unveil new FREE technology that will allow the Department to stay even more connected with each other.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the new partnership will enable Community Action Team Deputies to leverage mobile technology for building stronger communities. The Sheriff was proud to announce that once again the Richland County Sheriff’s Department is at the forefront of innovation – being chosen by Guardian Watch to be the National Pilot for the new technology that increases communication between citizens and public safety.

Sheriff Leon Lott believes that involved citizenry is the only way to successfully combat crime – Guardian Watch is one additional tool in the citizen/Sheriff’s Department arsenal that allows our citizens to use mobile devices or the web to alert us and neighbors to suspicious activities or emergencies. The Sheriff added that Guardian Watch is another way that citizens can provide deputies with critical information about criminal activity; including the GPS location of the activity.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Guardian Watch™ is the first multi-platform application (app) in the country that lets you use your mobile device’s camera to report an emergency. The Sheriff added that the real time information can provide public safety officials with a view of the scene of the crime, fire, or medical emergency before they arrive.

Guardian Watch does not replace 911 – the Sheriff stated that it is imperative that citizens continue to report crimes in progress or suspicious activity using 911. The Sheriff stated that Guardian Watch provides a resource that will allow documentation, video and information to be delivered to public safety on issues that affect our quality of life (examples: graffiti, narcotics, suspicious vehicles, abandoned homes and vandalism). The Sheriff added that this is an extremely efficient and effective vehicle to continue to reduce crime in our communities.

“Our mission is to save lives by providing enhanced communications between citizen and first responders.” said Guardian Watch founder, Dr. Gordon Jones. “We appreciate Sheriff Lott’s confidence in Guardian Watch and his team’s leadership in the pilot program we have deployed in Richland County’s neighborhoods.” For more information about Guardian Watch please go to www.GuardianWatch.com.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Community Action Team Program (created in 1998 for the sole purpose of gaining the trust back from citizens and “Building Unity in the Community”) stands ready to partner with every community and business in Richland County. The Sheriff added each CAT Team member is able to provide FREE safety education, training and resources that will help reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a crime. Please call your CAT Team at 803-576-3191 or go to www.rcsd.net for more information on Guardian Watch.

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