Morris County Law Enforcement Announces App for Students to Report Threats to their School

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MORRIS COUNTY — On Thursday, October 10  at the Public Safety Training Academy, Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas A. Zelante, on behalf of Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, joined Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Butler Police Chief Ciro Chimento, President of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association, and other Morris County law enforcement and school officials to announce the launch of a free mobile app called RSVP-3 Morris County, NJ. Students, school staff and parents can use the free app to anonymously report threats to school safety and behavior that could disrupt classroom security, such as bullying, harassment, substance abuse or potential violence.

RSVP-3 – which stands for Responsible School Violence Prevention, Preparation, Protection – is a component of a multi-faceted program between the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Police Chiefs Association, in response to recent school shootings that that occurred in our country.

The mobile app is live and can be downloaded as follows:

  • Go to the Google Play store or Apple App Store on your mobile device.
  • Search for RSVP-3 Morris County.
  • Once installed, open the application
  • Enter a unique four-digit passcode that you will remember and use as a login.

Tips to the app are monitored by law enforcement professionals working cooperatively with school officials in real-time, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Funding for the app was made possible by the Morris County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers program, and the behavioral threat assessment curriculum on behalf of the Morris County Board of Freeholders and the federal Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

“The app is a tool that students, who may not be comfortable reporting disturbing information in person, can reliably inform the police and school personnel to avert a tragedy,” Sheriff Gannon said.

First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas A. Zelante said the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office congratulates Sheriff Gannon, Chief Chimento and Morris County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers Chairman John Sette, and the other law enforcement officials involved in launching this important preventive step. First Assistant Prosecutor Zelante said “This app will save children from injury and the after-effects of injuries.”

Also speaking at the announcement were Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, Morris County Freeholder Deputy Director Heather Darling, Chairman John Sette of the Morris County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers, Sheriff’s Investigator Ashley Craig, Denville Superintendent of Schools Steve Forte, and retired Denville Police Chief Christopher Wagner.