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Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota have joined the South Dakota’s Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, Project StandUp and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office to bring an anonymous tipping platform for school violence/safety to South Dakota.The Watertown School District, Watertown Police Department, and the Codington County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the implementation of the StandUp for School Safety anonymous tipping platform in our area. The program was created by the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation.The technology will leverage a great opportunity that is cost-free to our school district and local law enforcement. It can increase the amount of time available to react to potential threatening behavior, and will help increase the level of security at our schools. It is a great example of the community working together to keep our schools safe. The Watertown School District and area schools strive to provide the safest possible environment for students and staff. Project StandUp will be another tool to enhance the safety at all schools in Watertown and Codington County. Students, parents, and community members are encouraged to utilize the texting platform. The tool is an extension of the state’s Project StandUp to Drugs program. By texting the word Drugs to 82257 the tipster can provide information regarding illegal drug activity. By texting the word “safe” to 82257 the tipster can report school related suspicious behavior, threats, or violence. Although this is an anonymous way to send a tip, the tipster is warned that falsely reporting a crime could result in criminal persecution. The texting interaction begins with nine simple questions that will result in an immediate email to designated school officials, School Resource Officers, and local law enforcement. These tips are also sent to our State Fusion Center. From a public safety perspective, having this information in hand quickly rather than someone hesitating to call or a tipster entering the school office when the school day has already begun, will give everyone more time to address the potential school threat by a student or others.