ICYMI: WI DOJ officials celebrate the success of Speak Up, Speak Out

Sep 21, 2022

ICYMI: WI DOJ officials celebrate the success of Speak Up, Speak Out

MADISON, Wis – Yesterday, Attorney General Josh Kaul highlighted the two-year anniversary of the Speak Up, Speak Out school safety tip line.

Speak Up, Speak Out reflects AG Kaul’s deep commitment to public safety. Created by the Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety, Speak Up, Speak Out operates 24/7, connecting students, teachers, parents, and community members with trained analysts. More than 400 Wisconsin schools have reached out to Speak Up, Speak Out with school safety concerns since its launch in September 2020.

WKOW: WI DOJ officials celebrate success of Speak Up, Speak Out 

Officials with the state Department of Justice (DOJ) are celebrating the success of a school safety program.

The Speak Up, Speak Out Resource Center launched in September of 2020. It allows anyone to submit tips about potential school safety threats and provides resources for students, parents and teachers.

“It has aided over 400 different Wisconsin schools with at least one tip, since the program began. Actually, we just received our 4000th request for assistance from our Office of School Safety, just yesterday,” Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said during a news conference in Sun Prairie on Tuesday.

Kaul (D-WI) says the resource center was created through the DOJ’s Office of School Safety, which itself is supported by $1.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding. Kaul says that money will allow the office to continue running until the end of December 2023. He says there needs to be long-term funding for the office, which is why he will be asking for money for that purpose in his next budget request.