How does SafeOregon work? Students can access SafeOregon through the web form on the SafeOregon web site, or by text, email, live call and mobile app.
Why is there a need for a tip line system? The number one reason why students do not report is the fear of retaliation from their peers. SafeOregon can be accessed from the privacy of a phone, home computer or other Internet equipped device, eliminating the possibility of being identified by another student and thus, decreasing the likelihood that a school safety threat would go unreported.
Who receives tips to the School Safety Tip Line? Specially trained technicians field incoming tips 24 hours- a-day, 365 days-a-year for all public schools Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The Oregon State Police provides this service through a contracted vendor.
What happens to the tips received? Technicians address the immediate need, and, if necessary, forward the information to an appropriate responding agency. Some situations require that tips be forwarded to more than one entity. For example, a tip involving a weapon brought to school is forwarded to school officials and to local law enforcement. Tip content and circumstances vary, so appropriate follow-up action will also vary.
In most instances, the School will have the responsibilities to complete an after action note. This may require minimal reporting to detail action taken, how it was handled, whether it was resolved or whether it requires ongoing attention.
Does this replace calls to 9-1-1? No, all Oregonians are encouraged to dial 9-1-1 in any emergency situation. However, if the technician feels the situation is escalating to an emergency situation, and it comes in by phone, the technician will transfer the call to 9-1-1 and stay on the line until the tipster is connected to emergency responders. The technicians are trained and experienced in recognizing mental illness, emotional disturbances and managing crisis situations. If necessary, a tip may be transferred to a local community mental health services provider in the same manner.