When school is back in session next week, students across Brown County will begin hearing about a new Crime Stoppers program designed just for schools.
It's similar to the system the community uses to text or submit online tips, but this new Students Stopping Crime program is geared to a younger, tech-savvy generation.
Just about anywhere you look, in many schools, students have a phone or a computer within arm's reach.
Now police and school leaders want to take advantage of that ability to communicate instantly.
"We wanted an easy way for kids to report things and using electronic devices, rather than them coming to us in person, so that they could remain anonymous," says Green Bay Police School Resource Officer Steve Scully.
Scully helped launch the Students Stopping Crime program at Preble High School several months ago.
Preble is the test school, helping work out the details of this anonymous way for students to tip off police or school officials about bullying, drugs or any other kind of crimes in school or the community.
Now they're ready to launch it county-wide.
"Obviously we would hope that students would always feel comfortable talking to an adult, but the reality is, sometimes they don't, so we want to make sure those students feel safe enough to make the report and not be tied to it any way," says School Social Worker Kelly Rowe.
Students can send a tip any time, day or night.
It goes through a server in Canada that filters out their identity.
Less than ten minutes later, the anonymous information is in the hands of police.
It's the same phone number and website the community uses to submit tips.
Scully averages three tips a week at Preble.
"I'm getting a little of each. It's drug stuff and bullying is coming through," says Scully about the tips he's received so far.
Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers, which oversees this new program, says other schools are now eager to join.
"Obviously there are crises within the school itself that are basically germane to the school. We're missing that, or we were missing that, and we don't want to miss that anymore, because that could lead to potential problems outside the school as well," says Hans Lux, Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers Vice President.
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