Bradley launches TIPS safety program
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Aug 09, 2013 | 1378 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Schools system is implementing a new program to help keep children safe.

It has launched an online risk management, incident reporting and prevention program called TIPS: Threat assessment Incident management Prevention Services.

"We strive to provide a safe learning environment for all Bradley County students," Bradley County Schools Director Johnny McDaniel said.

The TIPS platform is successfully being used in multiple school districts across the United States to identify, prevent and effectively intervene in threatening behaviors.

TIPS provides an avenue for all students, parents, faculty, staff and community members to safely report disconcerting behaviors, suspicious incidents, or general safety/security concerns to school staff and the school resource officer, or SRO. Reporting may be made anonymously or openly.

Concerns which may be reported include, but are not limited to, bullying, cyber-bullying, weapons, drug/alcohol use, vandalism of school property, threats of violence, suicide risk, sexual harassment, abuse and truancy.

"TIPS is a tool to be utilized by school administrators and law enforcement to increase awareness of student safety and concerning behaviors within our schools," said Scotty Hernandez, safety and security coordinator.

Funding for TIPS in Bradley County Schools is through a Safe Schools grant.

"This tool has the potential to detect, deter, and disrupt unwanted behavior or criminal activity," Hernandez said.

TIPS does not take the place of emergency police services, but it does provide all stakeholders involved in Bradley County Schools with another avenue to deter or disrupt unacceptable behaviors or illegal activities.

"If someone has information about concerning behaviors or suspicious activities that could potentially jeopardize the safety and security of students, faculty, or staff, the individual can access TIPS from the Bradley County Schools' website and report that information," Hernandez said.

Reports made through TIPS will be reviewed by administrators at the particular school and by the SRO, if warranted.

TIPS allows school administrators and safety team members to investigate and coordinate actions and securely share information during investigation, intervention, and prevention efforts. All actions are easily documented, and team members can easily see all incidents for their school, review individual incident reports, and search or review related incidents in real-time.

The system can be accessed through the school’s website by visiting http://www.bradley schools.org and clicking on the TIPS: Report Incident logo. Specific student or school safety concerns can also be reported by calling 918-746-6868.