IS This service available in my area?
Watchful is rolling out throughout the United States as of last 2017. Please enter your phone number to sign up.
THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. IS Watchful FOR REAL? IS THIS REALLY POSSIBLE? IS THIS SOME KIND OF JOKE... OR SCAM?
Watchful is absolutely real, and is already keeping people safe in the real world. Watchful is the result of years of collaboration between organizations fighting violence, private security experts, law enforcement veterans, developers, and others. To apply for membership, please visit www.watchful.com.
IS THE APP AVAILABLE ON THE IOS AND ANDROID APP STORE?
We have had our safety app available for a year and a half. We are about to launch the new version of the app, expected late October/early November. At that time, the app will once again go live on the app store with many new features. Please let us know if you would like to be a beta tester before then. Thank you.
IS Watchful OFFERED BY THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT?
Watchful is independent of your local police department. It provides an enhanced service directly to you. Watchful First Officers have spent decades serving as police officers before joining our team to serve YOU. Watchful is a privately created organization with a mission of making the world safer. The Watchful First Officer service is not provided by your local police department. In the event that you need and want 911 dispatched to your location, our First Officers contact local law enforcement.
ARE Watchful FIRST OFFICERS REAL POLICE OFFICERS?
First Officers officers are trained 'REAL' police officers and are NOT active duty police officers, meaning that their only obligation on a call is to YOU. All Watchful first officers have prior experience of police service and training, typically veterans with decades of active police service. They do not work for the police department, they work for you, and are not subject to constraints such as mandatory reporting requirements. Rightly or wrongly, many people have fear or apprehension about police officers. Police officers have a difficult role in society: they are protectors, but they are also enforcers. In many instances, when responding to a 911 call, sworn police officers are required to arrest the person who made the call (for example if they are involved in illegal activity themselves).
THIS IS BRILLIANT -- BEST IDEA EVER. THANK YOU!
You're welcome. We appreciate the enthusiasm. We've spent years of our lives making this happen.
THIS WON'T WORK / IS A STUPID IDEA
Some people think they know better -- people who’ve never used this service but are just sure that they know better -- they think that it wouldn’t really stop an attacker. They think somebody would smack your phone down. They think somebody wouldn't be deterred if they were 'crazy'.
Well, while people are entitled to their opinion, you should ask yourself if you want to believe the opinion of someone with no actual experience, or believe the data Dozens of real-world attackers have been stopped. This approach HAS WORKED. It has, in fact, worked even more effectively than we originally had hoped. It clearly will not work in every situation. However, every single time thatit’s been used so far, it as succeeded -- zero fails to date.
Attackers all do the same thing. They realize that they are going to be caught. They change their mind. They put up their hands; they turn; and they run! We’ve never had a single person try to grab the phone or escalate the situation. That’s why police officers are getting this new service for their own families!
ONLY A GUN WOULD REALLY STOP SOMEONE
Many self-proclaimed experts are eager to offer their opinion. What we offer is real-world expertise and real-world facts. Members of our team have been involved in countless thousands of real-world crime situations. They have provided Watchful to their own family members because they believe in it. We have seen Watchful working in real-world situations to stop real-world assaults and prevent crime. Also, many gun owners are getting our system as well. Do you always have your firearm with you and available?
WHAT PLATFORMS / PHONES DOES Watchful WORK ON?
Watchful can currently be used on iOS (recommended iPhone 5 and later, iPad 2 and later), and Android.
HOW DO I ACCESS VIDEOS THAT I RECORDED, Are They Secure?
The goal of Watchful is to enhance safety, and to prevent violence. It is not a video sharing site. All user videos are stored on our command center secure servers. They are not made available to users except for the purpose of providing safety-related information or evidence. After considerable discussion with experts regarding the most appropriate handling of user videos, videos are only made available when requested by BOTH the user in question and the 'appropriate authority'. The appropriate authority will vary depending on the circumstance, but examples include police, a judge, or a school principle. Who is an appropriate authority and how they demonstrate this to us will be deemed acceptable by Watchful in it's sole judgment. We have designed this policy to prevent the app being used for cyber-bullying, or a video captured in the heat of the moment from going viral and ruining someone's life before the person posting it has thoroughly thought through the potential consequences. For example, think about the potential devastating consequences of someone capturing, downloading and posting a video in a moment of anger during the middle of an argument -- perhaps a video that does not show the appropriate context surrounding the situation. This could lead (and has lead in many previous cases) to grave and inappropriate damage to the person shown in the video. The person shown can be effectively tried and convicted in the court of public opinion without a jury, without due process, and without full information disclosure. Once done, this type of harm can often never be fully repaired. If you want to capture videos to share with friends, there are a variety of other apps designed for that purpose.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR FIRST OFFICER SERVICE?
Please sign up to reserve your Membership.