On Monday, March 13, the students in the “Exploration of Law Enforcement” class at Riverside Jr/Sr High School received a special visit from Travis Hampton, Superintendent of the Oregon State Police. Hampton came to personally thank the high school students for the time and input they have given to the SafeOregon project, a new statewide safety tip line for all schools.
The 15 students in the class have been involved with SafeOregon for several months, offering feedback about the name of the tip line, the website colors and functions and how they think students can promote it in their schools.
“I want to commend you all for a job well done on a statewide effort. You have been engaged in something in your young lives that has already made a difference for students, and that’s great,” said Hampton. Oregon State Police is giving the students T-shirts and water bottles, plus a donation of $250 from the Oregon State Police Officers’ Association.
Dirk Dirksen, Morrow County School District Superintendent, was also in attendance and thanked the students. “On behalf of the school district, thank you for making an effort in our county to help SafeOregon become a reality. I also applaud Officer Shimer for taking the lead with this class,” Dirksen said. George Shimer is the Safety Resource Officer for MCSD’s schools in Boardman.
SafeOregon is available to all public K-12 schools in Oregon at no cost and is a way for students, staff or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. For more information, visit safeoregon.com.