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Program offers anonymous tip option to students

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A new partnership hopes to improve school safety and cut crime with the help of anonymous tips from students.

You may say it's CrimeStoppers for kids – getting kids to say something if they see something at school.

“The Project Safe Campus Program was created to empower students to create a safe and secure environment in and around their schools,” said CrimeStoppers President John Broad.

All Genesse County schools announced their support today for a program called Project Safe Campus.  The goal: to reduce school crime. 

“By incorporating this program across our county it continues our efforts in addressing danger, inappropriate student activity while protecting informants,” said Dr. Lisa Hagel.

The program is set up to solve conflicts seen in schools such as theft, bullying and vandalism and for the students that are interested in getting involved, all of the information is right online.

Willie Burton knows all about the success of project safe campus.  He was involved in starting it in Detroit three years ago with only 20 schools.

“It's 100 % student lead,” Burton said.

Now more than 250 schools statewide are participating with more than 282 tips on school crimes. Organizers said that's a lot of crime intercepted.

“The students have the power now, and the little guy in the school, is now the big person, they have a say,” Burton said.

The program is getting national recognition and already helping students right here in our state.

“CrimeStoppers allows our students to feel safe, to call and report doings without the negative impacts of being a snitch,” Broad said.

Organizers hope the lessons learned will carry over into the students’ adult lives, leading to a safer future. 

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