The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has launched an app for people to report tips about planned or threatened violence at schools and places of worship.
The BCA announced the "See It, Say It, Send It" app on Wednesday. It allows students, parents, school personnel and congregations to submit tips regarding potential violence. The BCA will triage the tips, notify law enforcement and assist as needed with the response to criminal activity.
In threats to schools, the BCA will work with the Minnesota School Safety Center, the Minnesota Department of Education and schools themselves to determine the appropriate response to any tips that aren't about criminal activity.
And with places of worship, the BCA will notify religious facility leadership of the tip.
The BCA says the app is not intended to replace local law enforcement or existing school or religious facility security plan. It is designed to supplement them.
“A statewide approach can bring a better understanding of incidents that may involve more than one facility,” BCA Superintendent Drew Evans said in the release. “For example, a local law enforcement agency responding to a threat at a school may not be aware of a similar threat to a school two counties away.”
The BCA says it has relied on the public to report threatened criminal activity, and this gives Minnesotans another way to share tips and keep communities safe.
That being said, always call or text 911 first when reporting ongoing incidents and immediate threats.
The BCA received federal funding for the app from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) STOP School Violence Program
People can access the See It, Say It, Send It app from cellphones and other mobile devices. Here's the link to download it on an Apple device, the link for Google Play and the link for an Android device. Tips can remain anonymous.