OKLAHOMA CITY – July 24, 2014 – The Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) recently launched www.tipline.ok.gov where reports of activity that may compromise school security can be submitted and then disseminated to appropriate parties for additional investigation.
The www.tipline.ok.gov site provides a reporting process that is available 24 hours a day on any computer or mobile device so information can be relayed directly to school administrators and law enforcement. Personnel will monitor the Tip Line so that time- sensitive information can be forwarded quickly and effectively to the appropriate authorities for timely intervention. People may also access the Tip Line via telephone by calling 1-855-337-8300, which is a toll free number.
OSSI will be providing marketing materials with the Tip Line information to schools.
“Due to several tragic events across the country, school security has become a high priority, and everyone should be looking for ways to improve the safety and security of the places our children go to learn. This tip line is being provided as a means of easily reporting such information,” said Kim Carter, the Director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. “Responsible reporting could save the lives of many people, including you and your loved ones.”
The information provided to the Tip Line will be shared with the affected school and law enforcement agency in the form in which it was provided. For example, if a phone call was made to the Tip Line, a recording of that call will be sent to them, and if it was provided by computer, an electronic copy of the tip would be shared. “In a study of past incidents of school violence, it was shown that in most cases, someone knew about the incident before it occurred, Carter said, “and we believe when students, parents, school staff or any citizen makes a report to the Tip Line, it will have the potential to stop a violent act.”
In addition to the Tip Line, the OSSI offers a catalog of courses to enhance school security and safety. Training is available for school officials, faculty and staff, as well as emergency responders from various disciplines. All services provided by the OSSI are free for participants. Schools or agencies interested in attending OSSI training may enroll in an already scheduled course, or request a course specific to their jurisdiction or area. For more information, visit www.schoolsecurity.ok.gov.
The Oklahoma School Security Institute (OSSI) was created by the Oklahoma State Legislature in the Spring of 2013 and officially became a division of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) on July 1, 2013. The OSSI works with public and private elementary and secondary schools, technology centers and emergency responders.