The Rockford, IL Police Department has launched their new mobile app, developed by tip411, it hopes will lead to more tips that can help solve crime in the city. The Rockford PD app allows citizens to send tips to police anonymously. The app will also display Rockford PD alerts, which allows the agency to push public safety information directly to citizens.

“We’re constantly working with the community and working on ways to improve our communication and our relationships across the board. tip 411 is another avenue which will allow us to keep those lines of communication open with one another,” Rockford Police Chief, Carla Redd said.

Chief Redd believes the new system that allows residents to report crimes anonymously will help her staff minimize the impact to the community.

“Once that information is sent in via the app, from the law enforcement standpoint, we have no idea who that person is on the other end.”

The app is already in operation in cities like Peoria where Police Chief Eric Echevarria raves about its effectiveness.

“It opens up that line of communication like never before, when you could only get a tip or get some information from a third party who would then send it to the police. This allows us to communicate back and forth anonymously,” Echevarria said.

Peoria’s police department received 171 tips in the last four months through Tip 411, and are able to both make arrests and move forward with investigations through these anonymous tipsters.

The Rockford PD tip411 mobile app is available for free via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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