Safe2Tell Colorado receives 1,503 tips in August

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DENVER (KKTV) - Safe2Tell Colorado saw a 75 percent increase in tip volume in August when compared to the same month last year.

"We are already seeing an uptick in reports as the new school year begins. This demonstrates not only that students are aware of Safe2Tell, but also that they are increasingly comfortable using it to report concerns,” said Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser in a statement Tuesday.

Just over 1,500 tips were processed in the month of August statewide. The Colorado Attorney General's Office says suicide threats (235), drugs (114), bullying (98) and threats (81) were the top reporting categories.

Safe2Tell was established in September 2004 to give students a way to anonymously report on matters concerning them at school.

"It is terrific to see the program’s growth since 2004, when Safe2Tell received 102 annual tips and has since increased to nearly 20,000 tips during the 2018-2019 school year,” said Safe2Tell program director Essi Ellis. “These growth statistics are a testament to the effectiveness of statewide training and awareness efforts as well as the support Safe2Tell receives from our school, law enforcement, and mental health partners."

The Attorney General's Office gave three examples just from the 2019-2020 school year showcasing how a Safe2Tell tip has resulted in action:

- A report was received regarding a possible suicidal individual. Law enforcement conducted a welfare check and a safety plan was enacted.
- A report was received involving possession of an illegal substance. Law enforcement investigated and a minor was cited.
- A tip was received involving unsafe driving. Police determined the location of incident was not near a school and the vehicle did not contain any minors.

11 News has done a number of stories over the years where a tip has yielded an investigation, and in some cases, an arrest. Some of those stories can be viewed here.

Already this week, there have been two school threats investigated in Colorado Springs districts.

Safe2Tell tips can be submitted by phone, on the computer, on mobile browser, or an app.