The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office now allows the public to share important public safety information anonymously with police by sending them a secure text message about crimes or suspicious activity in Cowley County, according to a news release.

The Cowley County Sherriff’s Office is launching tip411, an internet-based tool from CitizenObserver that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation. 

“We believe the public is our greatest law enforcement resource,” Cowley County Sheriff Dave Falletti stated in the release. “tip411 allows a safe and secure way for community members to share important information with police without the fear of retribution.”

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Offices says tip411 is used by over 1,200 communities throughout the U.S. and enables anyone with a cell phone to text anonymous tips to authorized personal within an agency. These tips are received in real-time and can be responded to in seconds via an interface that allows for secure web and text-based conversations. 

The tip411 system is 100-percent anonymous, as its technology removes all identifying information before police see it and there is no way to identify the sender, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office by texting COWLEYTIPS and message/tip to 847411 (tip411).

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