San Marino Unified School District: WeTip's School Safety Program

Published : Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 8:44 PM

As part of the San Marino Unified School District’s Safe Schools Initiative, the District has partnered with WeTip. As a WeTip member, SMUSD schools have obtained a resource which has been effectively serving communities since 1972. It will enable students, parents, employees and community members to effectively combat school crimes using the WeTip anonymous hotline system 1-800-78-CRIME 9 (1-800-782-7463). It may also be used to report threats of violence and bullying.

The WeTip hotline system is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with 60 trained operators taking anonymous tips and relaying that information immediately to local law enforcement, school security officers and member insurance companies. You may also report online at: www.WeTip.com [although this is not the preferred method of reporting].

WeTip offers the anonymous hotline to students and their families, employees and community members. WeTip’s hotline is a way for people to get involved in establishing a safer community. Students are often afraid to report crime information because they fear reprisal from the person they are reporting.

WeTip gives students and their families, employees and community members an opportunity to give information without fear. When you call the WeTip hotline, the first words that you will hear from the operator will be, “This is the WeTip Crimeline; please do not give your name.” The operator will then ask a series of questions, designed by law enforcement, to obtain the maximum amount of information about the reported crime.

WeTip information is immediately conveyed to the appropriate police, fire, and sheriff’s agencies. After the information is taken, if the informant requests a reward, a code name and number are assigned to the informant. The caller always remains absolutely anonymous (not just confidential).

Cash Rewards of up to $1,000 are given upon verified reports from law enforcement that WeTip information was received prior to arrest and that the information was helpful in the arrest and conviction. The reward drop is made at a designated postal location, using the assigned code names and case numbers. NO personal contact is ever made with the informant.

For more information about WeTip, contact Linda de la Torre, Assistant Superintendent/Human Resources, at (626) 299-7000 ext. 311.

San Marino Unified School District, 1665 West Drive, San Marino, (626) 299-7000 or visit www.smusd.us.

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