Freeport Police Department launches anonymous tip mobile app, developed by tip411

The Freeport Police Department is adding to its crime-fighting arsenal with a new mobile app, developed by tip411, to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts, and submit anonymous tips.

“An illegally parked car, it could be a problem house in a neighborhood, it could be, you know, maybe something happened on the streets,” said Freeport Police Chief Matthew Summers. “Somebody doesn’t want to come forward and say something, they could send a tip to an officer.”

Tips submitted are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips. 

“This will give an avenue where there’s no way the police department will ever know who’s sending a tip in,” Summers said.

“Everyone plays an important part in helping to make our city safe, beautiful, and a great place to live, work, and play, and that’s why I believe our new Freeport PD app will be an important tool in that work.”

Freeport PD tip411 anonymous tip tool

The Freeport PD mobile app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store. Citizens can also submit an anonymous text tip via their cell phone by texting keyword “FREEPORTPD” and their message/tip to 847411.

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tip411 helps Alaska State Troopers locate missing person

The Alaska State Troopers sent out a community alert via their tip411 system recently asking the public for their help identifying a missing 16-year-old resident.

Within a few hours, the public provided tips and helped the Alaska State Troopers locate the missing person, who was found safe.

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The Alaska State Troopers sent a follow-up alert to update the public and thank them for their assistance.

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Bloomington IL PD launches texting service tip411

Bloomington, IL Police launch tip411 anonymous tip system

The Bloomington Police Department announced the launch of their new tip411 tool, an anonymous system to text tips to police.

The new tool enables the public to share important public safety information anonymously with the department by sending a secure text message about crimes or suspicious activity.

tip411 also lets the police department respond to messages for two-way anonymous conversation.

Chief Jamal Simington said the department’s mission is to work in partnership with community members to enforce the laws and enhance the quality of life in the city.
“It is this partnership which will allow for collaborative problem-solving, crime prevention, and safer neighborhoods,” Simington said. “We also believe that our pro-active use of new and existing technologies increases our capability to make the City of Bloomington safer.”

To send an anonymous tip, text the word “BPDTIPS” followed by the message or tip to 847411.

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Peoria Police credit new technology, including tip411, for reduction of gun violence

The Peoria Police Department announced that overall statistics regarding gun violence last year were down compared to 2021, and that downturn reversed a three-year upward trend from 2019 to 2021.

Peoria Police Chief Eric Echevarria said the decline in shootings and homicides in 2022 can be attributed to several factors, including upgraded technology and its new anonymous tip tool, powered by tip411.

Mayor Rita Ali said, “This is no accident. Progress is being made,” she said. “Look at tip411 – we have already had more than 700 tips since that was started. That also factors into solving crime and building resident engagement.”

“It’s a different relationship now,” said Ali, who previously led the city’s police community relations commission. “I think that our new chief is helping to build more trust between communities and neighborhoods and police.”

Peoria residents can submit a tip via text message by texting the keyword PEORIAPD and then their tip and sending it to 847411

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