Safe2Tell partners with local law enforcement agencies, school resource officers, and emergency responders to respond to critical, life-saving reports.
Safe2Tell relays information from the reporting party to local multidisciplinary teams. Local law enforcement are vital collaborators in responding to reports, and below are some best practices for law enforcement members responding to these reports.
Helpful guidelines for handling Safe2Tell reports
Each Safe2Tell report requires a response, and the responding parties must maintain the anonymity of the reporting party who is protected by Colorado State Law (C.R.S. Section 24-31-601 et seq.). Click the link below for suggestions to aid in successfully responding to, and reporting back on, Safe2Tell reports.
Who should receive reports?
Your organization determines what the practice or procedure will be for routinely handling Safe2Tell reports. Below are examples of individuals law enforcement agencies might select to receive reports electronically and via text:
- School Resource Officer
- Commander, Chief, and/or Sheriff
- Communications Center Supervisor
- Communications Center Staff
What is the appropriate action?
Although content and circumstances vary for each report, the goal is prevention. Safe2Tell recommends not leading conversations with Safe2Tell as the source of information as that can move the conversation away from resolving the concern and instead towards wanting to see the report. Sharing report contents (including forwarding or copying information in the report) is not permitted (C.R.S. Section 24-31-607) in order to maintain anonymity of the reporting party. If you need to assign someone else who did not receive the report initially, please contact 1-877-542-7233 and request the re-assignment.
Remember that information from Safe2Tell reports cannot be copied outside of the Safe2Tell report management software (C.R.S. Section 24-31-607). However, the report ID number can be used.
Common report outcomes
Below are the most common report outcomes and their definitions.
This outcome may be utilized by law enforcement to notify local partners that no action will be taken by law enforcement at this time on the report.
This outcome is used when there is no evidence to support the claim of the reporting party. There is also no probable cause the report was malicious in nature. For example, the reporting party states they overheard their classmate talking about suicide. Upon investigation, the classmate used the phrase “kill me now” in a sarcastic manner. Although there is no concern for suicidal ideation, the report was submitted in good faith with a desire to help.
This outcome is used when a lockdown (all doors locked, lights out, students/staff silent and out of sight) has been initiated as a result of a Safe2Tell report.
This outcome is used when a lockout/secure perimeter (everyone inside and exterior doors locked) has been initiated as a result of a Safe2Tell report.
This outcome is used when there is no evidence to support the claim of the reporting party, and there is probable cause that the report was not submitted in good faith.
High functioning Safe2Tell teams
Safe2Tell has compiled a resource guide encompassing best practices from local multidisciplinary teams. The suggestions focus on improving Safe2Tell culture through strengthening the paradigms of school and law enforcement administration, technical operations of the report management software, and messaging to students.
If you are a School Resource Officer looking for Safe2Tell resources, you may find training and promotional materials in the schools section.