Douglas County School District Students, Families, and Staff:
Your safety has always been and continues to be our top priority of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. In 2009, we started our Text-A-Tip program so that students could send anonymous tips that would be responded to immediately by our agency and the Douglas County School District staff. At that time, Text-A-Tip was one of the only programs that allowed an immediate response.
Safe2Tell, the state-managed anonymous program, now allows our school resource officers the ability to communicate directly with tipsters. Recently, we completed a pilot program, testing the functionality and effectiveness of Safe2Tell with students in the school buildings, resulting in overwhelming success. With the two programs being identical there was no need to continue with both programs in Douglas County, ultimately saving taxpayer dollars and still providing an essential service to keep students and staff safe. Effective immediately, Safe2Tell will be the only anonymous tipping program available to students in Douglas County.
Students can send tips via the Safe2Tell app, the website, or call 877-542-7233. For more information about Safe2Tell please visit https://safe2tell.org/. Please encourage students to use the program responsibly sending tips that relate to the safety of students and schools.
Tony G. Spurlock
Safe2Tell was founded on the idea that prevention and early intervention is the key to preventing violence and saving lives. The guiding principles of this safety and prevention initiative model include educating young people and school staff on critical issues; encouraging them to play a role in prevention; equipping them with a tangible direct way to report anonymously while empowering them to make a difference.
Bringing a proactive plan of reporting to focus, the Safe2Tell Colorado model allows for early interventions to take place in regards to behaviors identified as precipitators to violence and for those behaviors that endanger the health and well-being of youth. The strategy framework established by the model provides a sophisticated and efficient method for sharing information to local responders and schools; builds a system that establishes best practices for schools to identify a team response along with law enforcement partners; encourages training and provides CEU’s; and establishes methods for accountability and follow-up on each report, thereby reducing liability to the individual schools and providing a way to effectively measure outcomes.
Safe2Tell Colorado provides:
- An anonymous way for students, parents, school staff and community members to report concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others.
- Resources and materials for schools and communities to educate and promote the Safe2Tell Colorado initiative.
- Technical assistance to schools and communities before and after tragic events.
- Expertise in creating safer schools and communities through prevention and early intervention.
- Education, awareness, and outreach to encourage reporting and breaking the code of silence.
If you want to know more about the program in your school please contact your School Resource Officer.