Student leaders join Project Safe Campus initiative to be a part of the solution
Crime Stoppers of Michigan has upped the ante for their Campus Crime Stoppers program. Crime Stoppers is rolling out the Project Safe Campus Initiative in DPS High Schools in collaboration with the student councils at each school.
Now the Crime Stoppers program is awarding tip matching donations up to $3,000 per individual student council for supporting and promoting Project Safe Campus in their schools.
The goal of Project Safe Campus is to increase the number of anonymous tips coming from the schools. Students who give tips that result in disciplinary action can earn $100 cash rewards.
Tips can include information about weapons, drugs, thefts, bullying, vandalism, arson, fighting and concern about potential suicides.
Those anonymous, actionable tips can now result in like awards to the student council.
“We want to partner with schools to implement a program that provides a safe, secure environment at all of our schools,” said John Broad, president of Crime Stoppers of Michigan. “Our research shows that students would welcome another way to report wrong-doing on their campuses, especially if it allowed them to remain anonymous.”
Similar programs in other jurisdictions have been successful, including Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Fast Fifty program, the New Orleans, Louisiana Safe Schools program and the Laredo, Texas ISD Campus Crime Stoppers program.
All of the programs, including the one in Michigan, are associated with Crime Stoppers International which is the largest crime-fighting organization in the world, operating in 22 countries.
“I’ve talked to many students, both DPS and in surrounding districts,” said Tom Staton, Campus Crime Stoppers program manager. “They all want the program in their schools and parents and administrators seem open to it as well.” “I believe the adults will work with me to make it happen.”
“It is the responsibility of all citizens inclusive of school personnel, students and parents to stop the violence and fight crime,” said Belinda J. Raines, Principal, Northwestern High School. “Our men and women in blue cannot do this alone. Their hard work and efforts are not to be overlooked, yet the assistance provided collectively will bridge the gap.”
To roll-out the initiative Staton is working with DPS student councils and several suburban schools. Schools can request admittance to the program on a first-come, first-served basis.
Participation requirements must be met. To learn more contact Tom Staton at Crime Stoppers of Michigan. The number is 313-922-5000, ext. 16.
The Crime Stoppers tip hotline number is 1-800-SPEAK-UP or 1-800-773-2587. Callers to the Crime Stoppers tip hotline do not have to give their names. They do not have to give statements to the police, nor do they have to appear in court. Crime Stoppers call centers do not use caller i.d. or call tracing equipment. If an anonymous caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the caller can receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for an unsolved homicide and a cash reward of up to $1,000 for all other felonies. $100 is paid for actionable tips received from students through the Project Safe Campus program.