Governor Abbott and DPS launch iWatchTexas PSA to promote reporting system | Texas Governor’s Office

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August 16, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today launched a public service announcement to promote awareness of the iWatchTexas Community Reporting System as teachers, students, and faculty in schools across the state head back to school for the new school year. Featuring “Walker, Texas Ranger” Chuck Norris, the public service announcement will air on television in media markets across the state beginning August 17. iWatchTexas is a partnership between communities and law enforcement that makes it easier for the public to report suspicious activity in the state, including criminal, terrorist, or school safety-related threats.

“There is nothing more important than keeping our schools and communities safe,” Governor Abbott said. “Parents, teachers, and students deserve to feel safe returning to school this fall, and who better to help spread the message on the iWatchTexas reporting system than ‘Texas Ranger’ Chuck Norris. We ask Texans to use iWatchTexas to report suspicious nearby activity to help our law enforcement respond quickly and effectively to any criminal, terrorist, or school safety threats. If you see something, say something and together we can protect our children, our teachers and our communities.

In June, Governor Abbott directed DPS, the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to expand and accelerate their efforts to promote the ability to report known suspicious activity by students, staff, and families. through the iWatchTexas reporting system.

TRANSCRIPTION:

I am Chuck Norris.

I love bringing the bad guys to justice.

But law enforcement can’t stop the bad guys if they don’t know who they are.

That’s why I wanted to tell you about iWatch, a website, phone app, and service that allows Texans to report suspicious activity.

Whether it’s criminal acts, terrorist threats or someone out to harm children, if you see something say something and help keep communities in the great state of Texas safe. .

Governor Abbott has taken significant steps to provide all available resources to support the community of Uvalde following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School. These actions include:

  • Launch of comprehensive plan for the state of Texas to help and support members of the community, including co-location of state agency representatives to the Family Assistance Center for immediate assistance in seeking benefits .
  • Initial investment of $5 million to establish a long-term family resilience center in Uvalde County to serve as a hub for community services, including access to essential mental health resources.
  • Provide $1.25 million to the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for trauma-informed counselling, crisis intervention and community outreach.
  • Work with the OneStar Foundation to create a one-stop donation webpage to support the families of the victims, teachers and the community of Uvalde.
  • Lead the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to ensure that all children in Uvalde have access to behavioral health resources and community support.
  • Providing $105.5 million to improve school safety and mental health services in Uvalde and throughout Texas.
  • Issue a disaster declaration to expedite all national and local resources available to assist the community of Uvalde.
  • Ask Texas legislative leaders to convene special legislative committees to begin reviewing and developing legislative recommendations on school safety, mental health, social media, police training, gun safety, and more.
  • Directing the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) to immediately begin conducting comprehensive school safety reviews to ensure that all public schools in Texas are following proper procedures to maximize school safety.
  • Lead the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide strategies to make Texas public schools safer through enhanced safety standards.
  • Directing ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) programs to provide training to all school districts in the state, prioritizing school-based law enforcement.
  • Lead TEA, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to expand and expedite the ability to report suspicious activity through the iWatchTexas reporting system.
  • Lead TEA to create a new position of Chief of School Safety within the agency.
  • Urge the Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) to increase legal action against people who lie about gun background check information.

See the public service announcement.

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