Law enforcement and schools in Rapid City are introducing a new way for students to report threats to police.
It’s called the “Project Standup” system and it allows kids to send tips to police in a free and anonymous way.
The Rapid City School District, Catholic School System and Western Dakota Tech are all on board with the new Project Standup.
All you need is a cell phone that can send a text.
“What it is: it’s not an app, it’s texting. What you are going to do is; you’re going to text “safe” to a certain number. And what happens is; it will bring up some prompts. It will ask you what city you’re from, what town you’re from, what school you go to. And based on the information you give; the information that you give to that texting service will be passed on to law enforcement in a timely fashion.”
All kids need to do is send the word “safe” to the number 82257. The system is now statewide, and it asks the sender to answer eight questions. This system also allows kids to remain anonymous.
“Well, I think you could use it for any circumstance. This is to keep schools safe. So, let’s say you know that there’s a threat to the school. Yeah, we want you to use that. The more direct threat, we obviously want you to dial 9-1-1,” Brian Blenner with RCPD Juvenile Operations said.
So this is a good way for kids to get in contact with police. They emphasize this is not a good way for kids to contact their parents. To do that simply call or text.
Similar systems have been tested successfully tested in other states, and the reception has been enthusiastic.