‘Safe2Talk’ App is Introduced to Help LCPS Students

Written by David Hamady

To promote school-related safety, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and LCPS have joined forces, creating the “Safe2Talk” app. This app allows students to anonymously report issues that could endanger the school environment.

Safe2Talk is available for free download through the App Store and Google Play Store. It allows students to select what school they attend, what their issue is, the description of the event and who is involved. The given incident options range from suicide and sexual harassment to planned school attacks and hate crimes.

“We encourage students to ‘say something if they see something,’” said LCPS superintendent Eric Williams, “and this app is intended to make that easier.”

This app is not only for students. Teachers, parents, and even nearby residents are encouraged to utilize Safe2Talk. The app’s reports are also monitored 24/7 by dispatchers.

“The Safe2Talk app empowers students and provides those who are reluctant to come forward to play a critical role in keeping schools safe without the fear of retaliation,” said Sheriff Mike Chapman in a video made by LCSO to explain the purpose of Safe2Talk.

In cases of an imminent threat, LCSO patrol deputies and School Resource Officers are immediately dispatched to the threat.

“We have to be innovative in today’s world in law enforcement,” said Chapman, “and developing this application is a proactive way to receive tips here in Loudoun.”

The information provided through the app will help investigators minimize the spread of false information and allow for an appropriate follow-up for the issue.

“I am hopeful that it will have a positive impact on the schools,” said Deputy Jon Merchant, “as it will potentially mean that more issues will be reported and dealt with in a positive manner.”

With school safety becoming more of a prominent issue in today’s society, LCPS is ready and alert, ensuring their students feel safe at all times.

“The safety and security of all students and staff is Loudoun County Public Schools’ highest priority,” said Williams.