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Safe Schools, Safe Community Helpline launched to help keep Hudson safe

Published: May 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Hudson - The City of Hudson and the Hudson City School District, in partnership with Hudson Community First, have joined to create one community-wide Safe Schools, Safe Community Helpline that began May 11. Based on the concept of "see something, say something," the phone line is designed to take calls 24 hours a day and route the information to appropriate individuals at the schools or city government. The anonymous help line will help keep Hudson safe by offering a means to anonymously report situations where individuals may hurt themselves or others before something happens. These acts include, but are not limited to, violence, theft, drug or alcohol use, sexual harassment, weapons, bullying, etc. Security Voice, Safe Schools Helpline, has been contracted to provide this service.

The anonymous phone line has been used effectively by Hudson City Schools over the past few years. The new help line will broaden the program to include other schools and the community. Born out of the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Keep Hudson Safe Initiative seeks to involve the entire community in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the City of Hudson. This expanded help line service will allow individuals to report concerns anonymously, hopefully before a tragedy would happen.

The effort is funded by grants from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation and individual donors, as well as a $5,000 individual commitment from both the City of Hudson and the Hudson City Schools.

"We have found the phone line to be valuable in identifying potential problems before they happen," said Phil Herman, superintendent of Hudson City Schools. "Expanding it to include all schools and the community is a positive step to help keep our children and community safe."

"The City is excited to be a part of this important collaborative program," said Scott Schroyer, interim city manager. "It takes a community to keep our citizens safe, and this helpline is an important tool to help maintain safety."

To report a concern, individuals can call 800-418-6423 ext. 397 or text 66746, then type "Tips" in the message. The call/text remains anonymous unless the individual wishes to leave contact information. Callers are assigned a case number. Callers are asked to call back in three working days to see if further information is needed.

This phone line is not designed to replace calling 9-1-1 when a situation requires an immediate emergency response. In an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.

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