Students can report crimes through Crime Stoppers in schools

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Crime Stoppers of Mesa County has been around for nearly 30 years and one branch of the organization is its Scholastics Program, offering anonymous crime reporting opportunities for students.

Whether it's bullying, drugs or something just doesn't feel right all students will now have a way to intervene without being labeled as a snitch.

A safety committee appointed by District 51 suggested Crime Stoppers should be in all middle and high school buildings.

Nearly all schools in the district are now participating and a coordinator is placed in each school to help students generate a buzz about the program.

Students can use an online reporting software that's funded through the crime stoppers board as are the rewards they receive for information that help solves the problem.

If the report is criminal it will go through the Police Department or Sheriff's Office just like a tip received from someone in the community.

Crime Stoppers reached a milestone nationally this week after paying out more than $100 million in rewards to anonymous tipsters.

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