Students of all ages across Florida now have a mobile app available in case they ever need to report suspicious activity.
The FortifyFL App launched Monday and allows students to anonymously report unsafe, potentially harmful, dangerous, violent, or criminal activities to appropriate public safety agencies and school officials. They can also report any threats of those types of activities.
“When I spoke to parents, teachers and students following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, I learned there was a gap in communication between law enforcement agencies and school officials,” says Attorney General Bondi.
She says after the school shooting in South Florida, she made it her mission to ensure that when students have information that could save lives, there would be a tool for them to send information quickly to the proper authorities.
Students from the school helped Bondi come up with the name for the app, and they say the definition of the word fortify — to strengthen and protect against attack — is a perfect representation of what the app is meant to do.
Bondi says she partnered with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Education to develop a platform that could be used by students of any age as well as parents, teachers and law enforcement.
You can now download the app in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. Tips can also be submitted online at GetFortifyFL.com.
This afternoon, Attorney General Pam Bondi and FDLE Orlando Special Agent in Charge Danny Banks helped to launch the new free FortifyFL app, which is available for download now in Google Play and Apple's App Store. #FortifyFL #SafeSchools pic.twitter.com/C4nIc239AZ— FDLE (@fdlepio) October 8, 2018