Safe2Tell Wyoming 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 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.
The Safe2Tell Wyoming program is modeled after Safe2Tell Colorado, which has received thousands of reports and aided in preventing hundreds of separate school attacks, helped prevent 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 Colorado has 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 information from students, parents, teachers, and community members about potential violent incidents. Safe2Tell provides the following education and awareness programs across the state:
Safe2Tell Confidential Reporting: Safe2Tell Wyoming 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. The Safe2Tell reporting resource was developed specifically to encourage those with information about a possible event to report it. Confidentiality has been shown to create effective reporting.
Safe2Tell Wyoming serves as the statewide answering point for safety concerns. Both state law and procedures for receiving and forwarding tips established by Safe2Tell guarantees confidentiality of every reporting party. Submitted 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 the Wyoming Highway Patrol communication center. The answering point is live and provides opportunity for two-way dialog with trained experts, who document as much information as possible, and both the reporting party and answering party may add information as necessary. When action is warranted, information is forwarded immediately to local school officials, mental health professionals, and/or law enforcement agencies, as appropriate. Safe2Tell Wyoming takes the extra step to follow-up with the school that received the tip to ensure the tip was investigated and action taken.
Train the Trainer: In order to spread the Safe2Tell message throughout Wyoming schools, Safe2Tell has developed a training program that certifies individuals to present Safe2Tell Wyoming information and provides classroom-guided discussion materials. The materials can be used beyond the classroom, including the trainer’s local community. This training program expands the reach of the Safe2Tell 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 Wyoming staff for initial scheduling and processing. District liaisons are identified to assist with training schedules, identifying key stakeholders, and program implementation. Training presentations emphasize creating safe school and learning environments, early recognition of risk behaviors, appropriate investigation measures for successful tip outcomes, best practices for safe school plans, and Safe2Tell implementation strategies.
“Conversation Jumpstart” Classroom Discussions: Safe2Tell Wyoming focuses on raising awareness of issues facing young people and empowering them to be part of the solution. Safe2Tell Wyoming 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 what happens when a report is made. The goal of the classroom-guided discussions is to increase awareness of the issues facing students today in schools, provide students with Safe2Tell Wyoming resources, and create an effective dialog between caring, committed adults and youth, thereby building a relationship of trust.
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, and influencing a change in culture extends beyond local community organizations, and reaches the highest levels of state government. The Wyoming State Legislature passed legislation to protect the confidentialtiy of those making reports through Safe2Tell Wyoming.