The New Bern, NC Police Department is now allowing smartphone users the ability to share anonymous tips with law enforcement.

The service, powered by tip411, enables the public to send text messages and open a dialog with a police officer in real time.

“This capability will make it even easier to connect with the police department and help maintain New Bern as a safe place to live, work, and visit,” said Chief Patrick Gallagher. “Everyone has a smartphone these days and texting has become the go-to for communicating with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, businesses, and organizations. It’s important that we continue to implement new technologies that allow people to communicate with us and partner with us to help keep our community safe.”

The tip411 system is 100% anonymous. The platform removes all identifying information before officers receive it and there is no way to identify the sender.

To report a tip, text NBPDTIP along with your message to 847411. The program can be used to report public safety information, suspicious activity, etc. and users can also attach photos and videos to their texts.

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