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Posted on: March 6, 2018

City Launches School Safety Hotline


     The City of Poway launched a dedicated, 24-hour hotline for students, parents, teachers and community members to report potential threats to schools in Poway. Messages left on the toll-free hotline 844-PUSD-TIP (844-787-3847) will be monitored around the clock by the Poway Sheriff’s Station.

     "With threats increasing everywhere, the more eyes and ears we can have in the community, the better,” Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said. “The hotline will remove barriers that might keep law enforcement from receiving critical information in a timely manner. Poway is the safest city in the County and we intend to keep it that way."

     Callers can opt to remain anonymous on the tip line, which was set up in cooperation with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and Poway Unified School District.

     The launch of the hotline comes only six days after the mayor suggested it to the Poway City Manager who, along with the Sheriff’s Department, PUSD Superintendent Marian Kim-Phelps and Board President T.J. Zane embraced the idea. PUSD has committed to publicizing the phone number to its students, families and staff on a regular basis. The district operates 40 schools over a geographic boundary that serves all of Poway, as well as portions of the City of San Diego and unincorporated County of San Diego. Calls regarding schools that are not in the City of Poway will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

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