The Lassy Project™ and the City of Longmont Department of Public Safety are making Longmont safer for our kids and equipping residents with the tools they need to prevent child abductions.
Longmont, CO – The Lassy Project™, a free smartphone app that helps prevent child abductions, and the City of Longmont Department of Public Safety, which is comprised of Police, Fire, Communications Center & Office of Emergency Management, are partnering to give parents the peace of mind that their children can travel safely throughout the community.
The Lassy Project™ is relentlessly focused on preventing child abductions. Using a patented combination of GPS, SMS, and crowd-sourcing technology, this program keeps kids safe by immediately alerting parents via text message if their child deviates from their usual routes to places like school or a friend’s house, then, if the child is missing, providing them the ability to press a button and mobilize hundreds of neighbors and community members in seconds to help. This group of community members is called the ‘Lassy Village™’. Every Longmont Police Officer is now in the village and encouraging the rest of the community to join them.
On February 25, 2014, the Longmont City council voted unanimous to back and support the Lassy Project and help grow the ‘Lassy Village™’ in the Longmont community to keep kids safe.
During the week of May 5–9, 2014, The Lassy Project™ team have spoken with and trained the Longmont Police Officers on how to best utilize the app and ensure that the app is registered on each of their phones. In this collaborative project, the City of Longmont Department of Public Safety is helping to enroll as many members of the Longmont community as possible into the Village – including parents, community members, first responders, and local businesses. The goal is to grow the Lassy Village™ of Longmont as large as possible. To join the village, simply go http://www.thelassyproject.com and select the “join the village” button.
“Getting a message out in seconds to hundreds of individuals right near the area could make the difference between finding the child and not finding the child,” said John Guydon, Co-Founder of The Lassy Project™. “We are honored to be supported by the City of Longmont & their Department of Public Safety and look forward to working with them to grow the Lassy Village in their community. The bigger the Village, the safer the kids. We are grateful that Longmont embrace this vision for their community.”
About The Lassy Project™
The Lassy Project™ is a free smartphone app that allows parents to create different routes that their kids commonly take such as walking to school. If the child strays from the designated path then an alert is immediately sent to the parents phone via text message. The parent can then choose to call the child and investigate. If the child is safe, the parent can dismiss the alert. But if there is a problem and the child goes missing, the parent can push a single button to activate the most powerful search and rescue team on the planet – The Lassy Village™. This is a group of local community members and other parents who will receive an alert to begin search efforts within seconds near the child’s last known location. To help make The Lassy Project™ successful, join the Lassy Village™ to ensure that you are alerted when a child goes missing in your area. For more information, visit http://www.thelassyproject.com
About The Longmont Department of Public Safety
The Longmont Department of Public Safety is comprised of Longmont Police, Fire, Communications Center and Office of Emergency Management. Their commitment is to work in partnership with our citizens in creating and preserving exceptional public safety for those who live in, work in, or visit our community. This commitment is reflected in our mission statement: “To protect and to serve with integrity and professionalism in partnership with the people of Longmont.” For more information, go to http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/public_safety.htm
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