MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is making improvements to its alert system to distribute timely information in the event of an emergency.
In the mailroom of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, stacks of envelopes were postmarked Monday and dropped into the mailbox.
The sheriff sends letters to hundreds of businesses and religious institutions in the county about upgrades to the AlertMartin system.
“It really helps us deliver a timely message immediately,” Sheriff William Snyder said.
The sheriff’s office used the alert system last week and issued a message alerting local churches to protests following the Supreme Court’s leak of a draft opinion on Roe v. Wade.
After a violent weekend across the country – including deadly shootings in a supermarket in buffalo and to one southern california church – Martin County officials said its alert system would have been activated if a similar incident had occurred locally.
“Like that shooting at a church, if the attacker had gotten away, we would have immediately notified all churches of an incident to be vigilant, and of course we would then step up patrols,” Snyder said.
The Sheriff’s Office is now asking local businesses and organizations to provide a cell phone number to better alert someone in real time to an emergency or warn of a criminal trend such as car break-ins or jewelry theft.
“We have to try to stay ahead of the curve, and we think information is one of the keys,” Snyder said.