Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette visited the OK2SAY Intake Team and State Emergency Operations Center at the Michigan State Police headquarters in Dimondale. Schuette was joined by the Michigan State Police Deputy Director Lt. Col. Tom Sands.
OK2SAY is a way for students in Michigan to confidentially send tips to the authorities on illegal activity or potential harm directed at Michigan students, school employees or schools. While there is an app that you can download, you can also text the tip to 652729 or submit it online at OK2SAY.com.
The program was launched by Schuette in 2014. In June, more than 880 students attended an OK2SAY presentation, bringing the total number to more than 493,000 students since the program’s inception.
Schuette, whose office operates the OK2SAY program with assistance from the state police OK2SAY Intake Team, was at state police headquarters to see the tip intake process from start to finish.
“When students submit their tips to OK2SAY, the Intake Team, which is specially trained to respond to students’ tips, is there 24/7,” said Schuette. “It was great to see firsthand how the tips are processed and to celebrate the cooperation between the Department of Attorney General and MSP that ensures OK2SAY is a success.”
Among the features of the program include the 31 presenters who visit schools around the state encouraging students to speak up, reminding them that state law protects their anonymity. Students have the chance to disclose their identity if they chose, but minors would require parental consent.
When a tip is received, a specially trained OK2SAY technician at the Michigan State Police screens and forwards tips to an appropriate responding agency such as local law enforcement, schools, local community mental health organizations or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Law enforcement hopes that by making it easier for students to submit tips, it will be easier to identify issues in schools before anyone is hurt and help someone who may be in need of assistance from local community mental health organizations.