Safe2Tell Colorado strives to intervene in the life a young person who is struggling, helping them at the earliest possible point before the situation turns into a tragedy. Safe2Tell Colorado serves as the statewide bystander-reporting tool for concerning behaviors. The Safe2Tell solution was developed specifically to encourage those with information about a possible event to report it.
Since 2004, Safe2Tell Colorado has received reports and aided in preventing hundreds of separate school attacks, helped prevent thousands of youth suicides, and intervened in countless threatening and dangerous situations. The numbers alone show the impact the Safe2Tell solution has on breaking down the code of silence. Sheer increases in the number of tips received each year demonstrate the change in culture and attitudes about reporting unsafe behaviors and situations. Safe2Tell is one of the most effective ways to gather intelligence from students, parents, teachers, and community members about potential violent incidents. Safe2Tell Colorado provides the following education and awareness programs across the state:
Safe2Tell Anonymous Reporting: The goal fo Safe2Tell is to receive information about a person who is struggling and get that information to a team at the local level who can help and intervene. The Safe2Tell reporting resource was developed specifically to encourage those with information about a possible event to report it. As anonymity has been shown to create effective reporting, the identity of each reporter is not known and no information is collected or distributed. There is no caller ID, IP tracing, nor GPS locating.
Safe2Tell Colorado serves as the statewide answering point for safety concerns. Both state law and procedures for receiving and forwarding tips established by Safe2Tell guarantees anonymity of every reporting party. Submitted anonymously by phone, web, or mobile app, each tip is taken seriously and trained personnel take appropriate action in response to credible information. Tips are answered twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at two separate Colorado State Patrol communication centers. Live answering points provide an opportunity for two-way dialog with trained experts. When action is warranted, information is forwarded immediately to local school officials, mental health professionals, and/or law enforcement agencies, as appropriate. Safe2Tell Colorado takes the extra step to follow-up with the school that received the tip to make sure the tip was investigated and action was taken.
Anonymity, accountability, and action on each tip assure young people that is safe to make a report and break the code of silence.
Train the Trainer: To spread the Safe2Tell message, a Train the Trainer program certifies individuals to present Safe2Tell Colorado's classroom discussion materials. The materials are used beyond the classroom, including the trainer’s local community. This training program expands the reach of the Safe2Tell Colorado message, as well as promotes the use of, and ensures the effectiveness of, the tip-reporting program. Available for students, staff, call center employees, and certified trainers, training requests go through Safe2Tell Colorado staff for initial scheduling and processing. Training presentations emphasize creating safe environments, identifying risky behaviors, and Safe2Tell implementation strategies.
“Conversation Jumpstart” Classroom Discussions: Safe2Tell Colorado focuses on raising awareness of issues facing young people and empowering them to be part of the solution. Safe2Tell Colorado provides training modules, Conversation Jumpstarts, which give counselors and school resource officer’s tangible tools to have a guided classroom discussion. Available Conversation Jumpstart topics include bullying, cyber bullying, sexting, weapons, dating violence, depression, and substance abuse. While discussing these issues, trainers talk about the code of silence, when it is appropriate to make a report, and the process for making a report. The goal of the classroom-guided discussions is to educate students about the issues they might face, give students resources, and build a relationship of trust between students and a caring, committed adult.
Community Outreach and Advocacy: Creating safe schools and communities goes beyond providing a way for people to report threats and possible crimes. Effective school safety programming, providing referrals and resources as well as influencing a change in culture, extends beyond local community organizations and reaches the highest levels of state government. The Colorado State General Assembly passed legislation to protect the reporter's and to provide the resource across the state of Colorado. Safe2Tell Colorado advocates for best practices in school safety to make Colorado schools safe and student success achievable.