ASR's Safe Community Initiative
9/27/21 - From the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Office of Public Affairs - DHS Provides $20 Million to Local Communities to Prevent Targeted Violence and Terrorism
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the awarding of 37 grants, totaling $20 million, under the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program. The TVTP Grant Program is managed by DHS’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) and is the only federal grant program dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of local communities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism. This year’s grant program prioritized the prevention of domestic violent extremism, including through efforts to counter online radicalization and mobilization to violence.
“Domestic violent extremism and targeted violence pose significant and persistent threats to our homeland,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “Attacks on schools, houses of worship, workplaces, and public gatherings threaten Americans’ lives and inflict trauma on our communities. The Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program prioritizes investments that empower and equip communities across our country to prevent acts of violence before they occur.”
The FY21 TVTP grants expand on the Department’s new approach to prevention, which centers on providing local communities with evidence-based tools to help prevent violence while protecting civil rights and civil liberties, and privacy rights. These grants will help local communities strengthen online and in-person prevention efforts, including by addressing early-risk factors that can lead to radicalization and violence.
The FY21 TVTP Grant Program is open to state, local, tribal, and territorial government agencies; institutions of higher education; and nonprofit organizations. DHS anticipates the next round of funding will become available for competition in late Winter2021/early Spring 2022. To ensure more equitable access to this grant program, CP3 provides technical assistance to interested applicants who seek to better understand the requirements for applying for federal grants.
For more information, including a full list of grant awards, please visit the TVTP Grant Program website.
Dedicated to Community Safety - The ASR Safe Community Initiative
ASR Alert Systems is a patented state-of-the-art critical incident response technology specializing in the field of alert notifications to Law Enforcement and First Responders in the event of an active shooter or other crisis. Our technology can be customized to any industry, building, or event. We deliver customer-specific technology unmatched by anyone. With the PUSH of A BUTTON, the life-saving critical information of your situation is sent DIRECTLY to police dispatch.
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The ASR First Responder Dispatch Console is a stand-alone wireless (cellular) console that resides inside the dispatch centers or RTCC’s and does not require a computer or additional hardware. THE CONSOLE IS ACTIVATED WHEN A CRITICAL INCIDENT HAPPENS AT AN ASR CLIENT-INSTALLED LOCATION. The ASR First Responder Console Features:
- The console does not connect to local network infrastructure, ensuring PSAP/Dispatch cyber security integrity;
- The console sits inside a protective housing and maintains power management and 24/7 connectivity;
- The console needs a 110-power supply;
- The console only operates ASR dedicated software;
- ASR provides the console at no cost to the first responder agency or department;
- ASR provides training and a standard operating procedure/user manual;
- A single ASR console can receive alerts from an unlimited number of organizations/schools within the jurisdictional PSAP/Dispatch center;
- Time and date stamps of all alerts are provided for evidentiary purposes;
- Updates and the health of the console are monitored and maintained by ASR virtually.
The ASR system reaches dispatch and 911 simultaneously and also has the ability to text local officers on the ground - all at the same time, delivering all the information to everyone within seconds. We hold the patent on this technology.
Our critical incident response technology uses hard-mounted buttons, mobile pendants, and an optional mobile phone application to DIRECTLY communicate with first responders in the area to significantly decrease response times to an active threat or crisis situation.
Having dedicated hardware that is readily accessible and easy to operate is KEY when it comes to life-saving tools. The methodology utilized to place the ASR Alert button stations is different for every client and/or organization. By having a dedicated button that is mounted in convenient locations (such as in classrooms or near office doors) or wearing a pendant, staff can activate an alert to staff and provide law enforcement with all of the necessary information to respond with the PRESS OF A BUTTON. By depressing the ASR Alert Button, Law Enforcement Dispatch know the location name, address, location within the facility, and type of emergency.
ASR offers the best commercial critical incident response technology solution in the industry. Our reliable and redundant methods of alerting persons who are in danger, as well as providing the fastest notification to law enforcement by communicating directly with police dispatch, are not matched, and we hold the patent on this direct communication technology. ASR is dedicated to our safe communities initiative by providing the law enforcement console to departments free of charge. In this way, law enforcement can be at the ready to receive life-saving communication from all ASR-installed jobs in the area.