Tennessee School safety app showing positive results

In one month of service, the security app yielded nearly 40 reports that merited an investigation.
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 7:46 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - In the latest push to improve safety at Tennessee schools, the state encouraged people to download the SafeTN app, which allows citizens to report school safety concerns confidentially.

In late August, Governor Bill Lee praised the app’s success, saying 2,000 Tennesseans downloaded it throughout the month.

The TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security said they received 41 submissions through the application in August, and 38 were “actionable,” meaning they had enough information to follow up on.

More than 50 percent of those reports came from Middle Tennessee.

The most common report involved “suspicious activity” followed by “cybercrime” submissions.

The department said thus far, most of the reports have been sent to local law enforcement for follow-up.

Follow-ups can lead to an investigation, a welfare check, or additional neighborhood patrol.