Citizens asked to report suspicious behavior through 'iWATCH' anti-terrorism campaign
Law enforcement agencies in North Central Florida have announced a new initiative designed to help citizens become more comfortable with reporting suspicious behaviors often linked to terrorist activity by using their phone and/or the Internet.
iWATCH is a web-based program designed to feel very personal and localized, as each county has their own website. Thirteen counties are participating, including: Alachua; Baker; Bradford; Clay; Duval; Flagler; Gilchrist; Levy; Marion; Nassau; Putnam; St. Johns; and Union.
"As members of our various local communities, we know best when something 'just isn't right,'" said Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell. "Believe it or not, those hunches, those suspicions are exactly what law enforcement professionals, working across jurisdictions and utilizing the latest technology and data, need to connect the dots and hopefully stop terrorist plots or actions before they are carried out."
Utilizing the State Homeland Security Grant Program, administered by the State of Florida and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, the project creators have worked for two years to research other market's programs, and design a program that connects the region, but reaches out to every town, city, and county in our area.