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January 09, 2013

Suspect Quickly Captured in El Segundo with Everbridge Notification Platform

By Colleen Lynch, TMCnet Contributor

A recent stabbing in the City of El Segundo, Calif. has proven the success of the Everbridge interactive communication and mass notification solution. The crime occurred on November 7th, 2012, at approximately 12:44 p.m. PST, and within minutes of a sighting, the suspect was apprehended—a record response time, enabled by Everbridge.

“Our goal at Everbridge is to provide communities like El Segundo with an advanced mass communication solution suite that can seamlessly deliver critical information at a moment’s notice,” said Chief Technology Officer at Everbridge, Imad Mouline in a statement.

Mouline expressed his company’s satisfaction that the suspect was caught so quickly, as it affirms the benefits of the Everbridge suite to other communities like El Segundo.

“The Everbridge suite is uniquely able to support the City of El Segundo through its robust, scalable infrastructure that ensures that messages are delivered as quickly as possible, regardless of the size or scope of the broadcast,” said Mouline.

The situation unfolded in this way: A business located in the 100 block of Center Street had called in to report a stabbing. The alleged assault was linked to a seasoned criminal, responsibly for multiple other related crimes in the area. The suspect escaped on foot, but only made it so far before the El Segundo Police department alerted the public via Everbridge’s mass notification system.

Within the hour, the suspect was sighted in the 2200 block of East Maple Avenue. The caller had received the notification, which described the individual the police were searching for and said he had seen a man matching that description stealing a jacket from his place of business and fleeing toward Imperial Highway.

Police responded immediately, and the suspect was caught within minutes.

With the Everbridge system, the public can take a hand in the apprehension of criminals and the prevention of crimes, which significantly expands the reach police officers are able to have in larger cities often plagued with crime.

“Through offering an opt-in portal for residents, city officials are able to broadcast critical information across multiple connected paths, ensuring the message reaches the intended recipient,” explained Mouline. In this case, residents and businesses in the areas surrounding Center Street were instantly informed of the situation, and so before the suspect could get far, the public was able to help find him and the police were able to catch him.

The Everbridge system is what made this possible, and since 2009 when it was selected by the City of El Segundo, the company has helped capture numerous offenders much more quickly than it would have done otherwise.

Edited by Jamie Epstein
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