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Frostburg Community Coalition Urges Use of 687-STOP Tip Line
12/05/2012

The Frostburg Community Coalition is encouraging members of the Frostburg community to use the 301-687-STOP tip line to provide anonymous information about crimes, disturbances or other issues of concern.

Upon calling the tip line, the caller will listen to a recorded message for instructions and be directed to leave a message containing the information they wish to share. Exactly 5 minutes after a message is recorded, the message is automatically sent to Frostburg State University Central Communications to be routed immediately to the appropriate agency. The messages are completely anonymous, without numbers or names connected to them.

687-STOP was created to give complete anonymity to those leaving tips. Many people are uncomfortable reporting issues directly but may have pertinent information they wish to share.

This unique tip line allows tip-givers to share information without needing to reveal their identity, and is intended for both students and members of the campus and local Frostburg community to use. The Coalition is also encouraging students and parents from Mountain Ridge High School and Mount Savage and Westmar middle schools to use the tip line as well. Callers are still welcome to contact University Police, Frostburg City Police or other offices directly.

Callers should still call 911 in an emergency.

The 687-STOP tip line was created in 2010 by the FSU President’s Leadership Circle as a way to e nhance student and community safety.

The Coalition has gotten refrigerator magnets printed with the 687-STOP info that are available to the public. For more information, contact Coalition coordinator Lyndsey Baker at 301-687-4892 or lkbaker@frostburg.edu.

The Frostburg Community Coalition’s activities are funded by the Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework Grant awarded through the Allegany County Health Department. The coalition is working on prevention strategies in four areas – social availability of alcohol in non-retail settings; retail availability, especially in terms of alcohol sales to those under 21; enforcement and adjudication for those who violate alcoholic beverage laws; and social and community norms campaign to address attitudes toward high-risk drinking.

The group meets monthly to promote their efforts to decrease the harms associated with under-age and excessive alcohol consumption. -end-

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu