The Collaborative produced a short video to share information about the Bennington County tip411 program, how it works, how to download the app, and more!
The Onondaga County, NY School Safety Task Force met recently to learn more about the tip411 app.
Currently the tip411 app is used by law enforcement in Onondaga County to receive anonymous tips from the public. Anyone with a cell phone can download the OCCrimeTips app now.
Like many of you, the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida has left us wondering what more we can do to help protect our kids in school.
While there’s no easy solution, we believe tip411 can help students to more effectively share information anonymously with administrators and/or law enforcement.
tip411 School Edition enables students to send anonymous tips to Administrators, School Resource Officers (SROs), and other authorized personnel who can respond to the tips in real time from any internet connected device, creating a two way anonymous chat.
It provides a “safe space” for students to communicate with authority figures through two-way anonymous communications that facilitate dialogue, leading to more accurate information.
“Our SRO’s have great relationships with many students, but tip411 allows our SRO’s to build relationships with students they have not yet been able to reach. tip411 also promotes kids being responsible for the safety of their schools and having them take that kind of ownership is priceless.” – McKinney Independent School District’s Director of Safety, Greg Hill
Many communities across the US have begun to use tip411 to improve school safety, and examples of how they’ve use it can be found here:
- LaSalle-Peru school safety measure introduces anonymous tips
- 31 Schools in McKinney, TX See Success With tip411
- Campus security app launched at Point Park University
- Education Matters: No room for bullying in schools
We encourage you to contact us for a free demo of tip411 School Edition and examples from across the US where our solutions have been implemented to empower students to help protect their schools.
LaSalle-Peru Township High School (LPHS) has launched an anonymous tip system for the new school year that will allow the community to report situations via text message or through an app, according to a release from the school.
The school has employed tip411, a tool created by Citizen Observer, which will facilitate anonymous two-way conversations. Those wishing to use the system can download the LP tip411 app, available for both iPhone and Android, in order to submit messages, photos and videos. The system is also accessible through text message. Users can direct their tip to 847411, starting the message with “CAVALIERS.”
According to LPHS, the tips are completely anonymous; all information that could identify a user is stripped before the message is sent to authorities. Tips sent through tip411 are sent and received in real time. The system is already in place in more than 1,200 communities throughout the country.
The school noted that it has implemented the tip system in a bid to keep students, staff and visitors as safe as possible, and that it believes tip411 will better enable communication and the speed with which the school can address situations.
…An important part of responding to bullying is to know when it is happening. Teachers and administrators are trained in the ‘4 A Response’, through PBIS, how to Affirm a student giving a report, Ask the right questions, Assess the report or threat, and Act on the information appropriately.
Students are provided ways to report bullying, including telling a trusted adult, using a paper method in the front office, or by using the Tip411 text or email app. While all students are encouraged to talk candidly with counselors, teachers, administrators, coaches or other adults they trust, many opt for more anonymous methods like Tip411.
The app is offered in partnership with Napa and American Canyon police departments and the Napa County Sheriff, and allows students to anonymously report bullying, suicide threats, crimes or other situations to school administrators and law enforcement, who can move quickly to investigate any unsafe incidents.
And, of course, we encourage parents to be vigilant for signs of bullying or bullying behavior, and to report concerns to a teacher and principal…
Helping residents prepare for Halloween this weekend is important, and the Poughkeepsie, NY Police Department used their tip411 system to send community alerts to residents via email and text message with helpful tips to keep safe.
Halloween Tips for Parents
- Make sure costumes fit well and that they are short enough to prevent tripping.
- Consider using hypoallergenic make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct your child’s vision.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Make certain costumes are flame-retardant.
Halloween Tips for Homeowners
- Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark. Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, garden hoses or anything that may be hazardous to young children rushing through the neighborhood.
- Keep your home well lit, inside and out.
Think tip411 can only be used to receive tips and share public safety alerts? Think again.
Departments large and small use tip411 in creative ways to announce programs and events directly to residents:
“Operation Chill is a program that the Victoria Police Department recently became involved in, partnering with 7-11, to create positive police interaction with the youth in our community.
Officers with the Victoria Police Department will be handing out “tickets” to young people in our community who are observed being good citizens. This can include many things such as riding their bicycle safely with the proper safety equipment, using crosswalks, following the law, helping others, volunteering time in their community, using their manners, or other things that young people do to be good citizens of our community.”