FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 3, 2018
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215
PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley and Sioux Falls Police Chief Matt Burns announced today the release of the Project Stand Up ~ Safe School demonstration video.
The 2018-19 school year saw the launch of the Project Stand Up – Safe School component which is a statewide anonymous texting program allows citizens to standup for school safety in their communities.
“A huge thank you to the Sioux Falls Police Department, students, parents and school officials for their creative work on this video. The video demonstrates the ease of the anonymous texting platform and how it aids both school officials and law enforcement to better protect our children,” said Jackley.
“Keeping children safe at school is a priority for all law enforcement,” said Chief Burns. “Project Stand Up provides students and parents a way to send information to law enforcement that will help ensure our schools are safe for all.”
The video was shot with the help of the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Sioux Falls School District and Sioux Falls CityLink.
Project Stand Up is a coordinated effort amongst law enforcement officials and school districts statewide to standup for school safety in South Dakota. Texting a tip is simple- just text ‘safe’ to 82257. The tipster will be asked a series of questions for additional information. The level of involvement lies with the individual, while always remaining anonymous.
Since its inception in August, the tip line has received 31 total tips, including drugs, bullying, suicide and school safety.
The success of this program would not be what it is without the following partners: Associated School Boards of South Dakota, School Administrators of South Dakota, South Dakota Sheriff’s Association, South Dakota Police Chiefs’ Associations, South Dakota Department of Public Safety, U.S. Attorneys Office and the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office.
Project Stand Up- Safe Schools Demonstration Video