In 1995, District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick initiated Project SAFE-SCHOOLS to help identify students who are bringing weapons into schools. The program was designed to give students an avenue to offer anonymous information regarding other students who are in possession of any type of weapon (i.e. gun, knife, box cutter).
Students are encouraged to use tip411TM or speak with a School Resource Officer (SRO) to share specific information regarding the weapon. The information is then immediately forwarded to both police and school district officials. Any student found in possession of a weapon may be criminally prosecuted to the extent allowed by law.
The District Attorney’s Office will give a monetary reward between $25.00 and $200.00 to the student(s) who provided information, depending on the quality of information received, the type of weapon seized, and/or the criminal activity involved. No taxpayer funds are used as these rewards are paid with money forfeited from convicted drug dealers.
This program is available to all school districts in Onondaga County. In addition, the program has been expanded to accept anonymous information regarding a student(s) who has communicated any threat of violence toward other students or a school (i.e. bomb threat).
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