Concerned about an unsafe situation? SafeOregon provides an easy method of reporting it6/3/2019
Since its inception, SafeOregon has become a reliable way for students, families and community members to report unsafe situations. Since September 2017, when Portland Public Schools started encouraging its community to utilize the tip line, the district has received 259 tips on a variety of issues.
"We know that many school safety tips come in for law enforcement, and we’ve been able to alleviate issues by getting ahead of things, connecting with administrative and counseling teams, parents and students to get to the heart of issues and connect folks with appropriate resources," said Sgt. Jim Quackenbush of the Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division. "It’s a great tool, especially for people who want to remain anonymous or have nagging concerns and just aren’t sure where to turn or who to talk to."
Funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve safety, SafeOregon offers a way to anonymously report concerns such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation, and self-harm. The system can be accessed through:
- The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website
- The SafeOregon website
- A live call/text (844-472-3367)
- An email to email@example.com
- The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or Google Play
Data from the first two years of SafeOregon use in PPS has shown a wide range of results. For example:
- 7% of the tips came from students; 31.7% from parents
- 59% of tips were submitted via the web, 17% through email, 10.8% over the phone 6.6% using the SafeOregon App and 6.2% via text
- Bullying/harassment was the top reported incident at 23.8%, following by possession, use or distribution of drugs (10.7%), suicide threat reported by others (5.5%), and school complaints (5.2%)
- 73% of tips were categorized as standard (peer-to-peer interactions typically dealt with by schools, such as arguments, rule violation, etc.), 13.9% categorized as urgent (ongoing or past incidents of violence, self-harm, or criminal acts, high potential for occurring again), 0.4% were categorized as critical (Immediate or imminent threat of violence, potential self-harm, potential harm or criminal acts)
To continue spreading the word about this resource, PPS would like to share links to a SafeOregon brochure in English as well as the district’s five supported languages below:
- SafeOregon – English
- SafeOregon – Spanish
- SafeOregon – Vietnamese
- SafeOregon – Chinese
- SafeOregon – Russian
- SafeOregon – Somali
Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family – and remind your students: If you see or hear something, say something - immediately. Let’s work together to keep our community safe.