DELAVAN — For years, law enforcement officials in the Delavan-Darien area and around the country have relied on the Crime Stoppers hotline to receive anonymous tips that could help solve crimes.
Recently, the Delavan-Darien School District launched a new website that allows anyone to submit anonymous tips that can help solve problems or address concerns that occur within and outside of our school hallways.
The web-based service, called Delavan-Darien Anonymous Alert, was developed at the suggestion of the district’s new high school Associate Principal/Athletics Director Kevin Parker.
He said a similar system worked well at the Northern Ozaukee School District, where he was previously a high school principal.
Students, staff, parents and community members are asked to use the system responsibly to report any sensitive information of concern, such as student safety, violence, drug use, school rule violations or students who may be in need of assistance.
The link to the Anonymous Alert system is found on the district’s homepage, www.ddschools.org.
When the system is used, each of the district’s building administrators, including principals and associate principals, along with school administration center staff and school resource police officers, instantly receive an e-mail alerting them that the system has been used.
Investigations can begin immediately and staff members can be alerted to the information so they can assist as necessary.
The Anonymous Alert system maintains the reporting person’s anonymity or, if desired, they can include their name and contact information if follow-up with staff is requested.
“We’re hopeful the tips received through the site result in school climate improvements,” said Mike Heine, Coordinator of School-Community Relations. “District staff is encouraging individuals to share their concerns and tips. Now, there’s a way for such things to come to light without fearing reprisals.”
In addition to the online form, the district is exploring adding an anonymous phone tip-line people also can call to report sensitive information.
“We want to have as many tools in our tool box to make our schools safe,” Heine said.