“On May 31, 2020, a protest turned into an hours-long rioting and looting event in the Center City business district of Atlantic City. The ACPD formed a Riot Investigation Team that reviewed thousands of hours of public and private camera coverage from the area and, on June 30, 2020, we released 219 images to the public asking for assistance in identifying those responsible for committing criminal acts,” Atlantic City Police Sergeant Kevin Fair said.
He added “It was our mistake that we released the images toward the end of the day – because within an hour of the release, we received so many anonymous tips through tip411 with information that we had to call investigators back to work that night to review and respond.”
In the end, 95 individuals were identified and were criminally charged.
According to Sgt. Fair, “The efforts of our detectives would have been in vain if not for tip411. Having the ability for the public to anonymously text and easily provide information is an asset to any police department.”
Atlantic City PD has partnered with tip411 since 2012 to help better connect with their community to help fight crime.
In an urban environment, getting community members to openly talk with police officers or provide their information is a daunting task. tip411 allows law enforcement to hear from these individuals that we would not have otherwise been able to communicate with.
The Atlantic City, New Jersey has a population of 39,000 residents and approximately 24 million visitors annually.
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