Ardmore Police Department launches new anonymous tip, alert system

The Ardmore Police Department has launched an anonymous tip and alert system to help police better connect with the public. 

The new Ardmore PD app, developed by tip411, enables the public to share 100% anonymous tips with police and will help community members of all ages find information and view real-time alerts. 

Ardmore Police Deputy Chief Kevin Norris said the app has been shown to be widely successful for other departments in areas across the country, and the Ardmore Police Department believes it will greatly enhance its ability to engage with the community and fight crime. 

With the new app, Norris said the department will be able to send alerts out to the public much faster, and ultimately enhance the quality of life for the community. “With this, I can type it in, I can send the alert and within seconds it can hit hundreds, if not thousands, of people,” Norris said. 

Citizens will be able to receive notifications when there are dangerous flooding conditions or major road closures and, in certain circumstances, when there might be crime sprees in their area. 

“I think if we send an alert that says ‘Hey, in this area we are having a lot of car burglaries, check your locks, take your belongings out of your cars and we send that out, I think that will help,” Norris said. “Because at that moment somebody can go out and lock their car.”

The Ardmore Fire Department and dispatchers will also be involved in sending out alerts.

In addition to informing the community, Norris said the app is expected to help Ardmore police with investigations. Many people are wary of sending in anonymous tips over a phone call, and the app provides a new way for individuals to communicate with police. 

Individuals can share tips, as well as videos and pictures via the app, and officers can respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation. Norris said anonymous tips give police leads in investigations, and Ardmore police have solved many major crimes with a tip. 

“Sometimes all we need is a bread crumb and that bread crumb leads us to bigger and better things. That’s what we’re hopeful for,” Norris said. “We’re hopeful that people who may be fearful of calling or coming in person, that they could give us tips so that we could further our investigation and be able to submit the reports with better cases to the district attorney’s office.” Norris said the department can only see how many people have downloaded the app, but no personal information or identification is shared. Individuals will still need to call 911 in emergency situations and report crimes. 

“Now, granted, this does not take away 911, this does not take away needing to report a crime,” Norris said. “This is basically for us being able to immediately alert the public and for us to receive tips.”

The app is free to download on the Google Play or iTunes App Stores and can be found by searching “Ardmore PD.” The app can also be accessed by visiting the department’s website at www.ardmorecity.org/137/Police. 

Those without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone to 847411 with the keyword “ARDMORE.” Anonymous tips can also be submitted via the department’s website. 

“The Ardmore Police Department is committed to providing professional police services through community cooperation, creating realistic solutions to problems, maintaining respect for individuals’ rights and enhancing the quality of life for the community,” Norris said. “We believe our new Ardmore PD app from tip411 will help greatly enhance our ability to deliver on that mission by engaging our community to help fight crime.”

Read the full story The Daily Ardmoreite

 

Tip through tip411 Leads Atlantic City Police to Arrest of Wanted Man, Gun Recovered

The phrase, “if you see something, say something” can be applied to both verbal and electronic communications. In this case, a tip submitted to police in Atlantic City via text message resulted in a wanted man being arrested.

Cops in Atlantic City say last Friday morning, detectives with the ACPD’s Special Investigations Section arrested 30-year-old Laquay Spence of Atlantic City in the 2400 block of Arctic Avenue. According to police, Spence had an active warrant issued by the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office and during a later search of his home, detectives located a loaded handgun and narcotic paraphernalia.

A press release says, “the arrest originated with information received on the department’s tip411 system from a concerned citizen into the distribution of narcotics by Spence. An investigation was initiated by Detective Darrin Lorady.”

Spence was charged with certain person not to possess a weapon, possession of a defaced firearm, possession of hollow-point ammunition, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and contempt of court. He was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

The Atlantic City Police Department reminds those living in the city that they can always submit tips about illegal activity by calling them at (609) 347-5780. And much like the resident in this case, information can be sent via text message to tip411 (847411); begin the text with “ACPD.” All text messages are anonymous.

Read the full story from WPG Talk Radio

Nevada Department of Wildlife Joins Growing List of Agencies Using tip411 to Protect Wildlife & Natural Resources

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app that helps citizens use their smartphones to connect with the department to both get information as well as submit anonymous tips with a customized app.

Listen to a recent episode of Nevada Wild, the Nevada Wildlife Podcast, where NDOW’s Ashley Sanchez and Aaron Keller met with Game Warden Captain Brian Eller and Matthew Woller of tip411. They talk about how this will be a powerful tool in helping game wardens stop wildlife crimes, how the tool has been effective in other states, and how you can use it to report possible crimes.

NDOW Tip is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the agency’s website (www.ndow.org). Members of the public can also still call the OGT hotline directly at 1-800-992-3030.

tip411 is not only being used for wildlife issues in Nevada, but Wyoming, California, Arkansas, South Carolina, Hawaii, the Galápagos, and others have made tip411’s anonymous tip system available to residents and visitors as well. Interested in learning how tip411 can help your agency protect national resources, fight poaching, and more? Email Matt Woller at mattw@citizenobserver.com

What’s Even Easier Than Making a Phone Call? Using an App (Pt. 2)

Fargo police say the app will make it easier for you to share your concerns about crimes like human trafficking and drug dealing in Fargo.

And it’ll make it easier for them to solve crimes.

Public Information Officer Jessica Schindeldecker Zoomed in live to chat with the Morning Show’s Emily Welker about the public feedback they’re getting since the app launched for Fargo folks, and why police think this can help them gather the critical information they need to solve crimes in the metro.

tip411 is free on both Apple and Google devices.

Watch the full interview from KVRR.com

View Part 1 here.

Effingham County Sheriff’s Office launches tip411, allowing community to text anonymous information

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) launched a new way for the public to submit anonymous tips this week.

ECSO launched tip411, which enables the community to text anonymous information about crimes or suspicious activity to police. Tip411 allows officers to actually respond back, creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

Tips are received in real-time and can be responded to in seconds. ECSO says there is no way to identify any information about the sender.

Additionally, ECSO says tip411 allows for important information, such as road closures, traffic investigations, suspicious activity, to be pushed out to the public quickly.

Anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous message. To do so, users simply text their message to 847411 (tip411). Tips can also be submitted through the ECSO app.

Read the full story from WSAV.com

Taunton police launch app to improve communication with residents

The Taunton Police Department has a new way of communicating with residents — a phone app.

Lt. Eric Nichols said the goal of the app is to create another method by which the department can receive tips from residents, as well as communicate information like weather and traffic alerts.

“It’s a better way for us to partner with our community to share information both ways,” he said.

The app, available on both Android and iOS, allows residents to submit anonymous tips. They simply enter a title, a location — which your phone can determine through its GPS — and a description of the issue. You can also add a photo or video. The app then allows you to keep track of what tips you’ve sent.

Nichols said the app is not monitored at all times but is regularly checked. So it is not suitable for emergencies, but is great for general complaints. The app still prompts residents to call 911 in an emergency.

The app also allows the department to distribute information quickly and easily through push notifications. Nichols said the department will use it to send weather and traffic alerts, as well as active crime alerts if they are, for instance, looking for a specific vehicle throughout the city.

The app was Police Chief Edward Walsh’s idea, Nichols said.

“One of the complaints we’ve had in the past is that with the advent of social media it’s become very popular, so we try to get information out via social media,” he said. “However, not everybody in our community has social media and some choose not to. So it was a question of ‘How do we get the information out to everybody across the board?’”

At the last International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Convention, Nichols said, the department sought out app developers and selected one called tip411 to make an app for them. The developer specializes in making apps for law enforcement and has made apps for other departments in Massachusetts such as the Dartmouth Police Department, he said.

It took about two months to design the app and train officers on how to use it. Then the department rolled it out in early August, Nichols said.

The department has had anonymous tip lines and texting services for about a decade, but Nichols said that might not be how younger people, especially teenagers, would opt to communicate with police.

“I have a 17- and 19-year-old, and they’re less likely to call the police via phone than they are to have an app that could send a message,” he said. “It’s the way they live and the way they communicate. So we have to be in tune with all ages of our community.”

Nichols said innovation is something Walsh has emphasized with his officers.

“Chief Walsh is really, really big on our department being innovative. He gives a lot of us the ability to go out and find new things that make our department better,” he said. “He’s very, very happy about this new app. He thinks that it will make us more transparent.”

Walsh was also named chair of the mid-sized department division of the IACP back in April. Nichols said departments around the country look to him for leadership, especially when it comes to new tools for law enforcement like apps.

Read the full story from the Taunton Gazette

Chelmsford Police Department Announces Anonymous Tip App

Chelmsford PD Chief James Spinney announced on Aug. 20 the launch of the Chelmsford PD app that aims to help residents connect with the department, find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone and smart devices.

Beginning Aug. 20, residents can download the app for free and use the Chelmsford PD app to submit tips and information to the Chelmsford Police Department via the app, text, a link on the town website and a link embedded on the police department’s Facebook page. Sign-up is available either online or on a mobile device. Residents can download the app through a link on the town website and an informational video can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3l3GT6Z.

“We strongly encourage residents to download the Chelmsford PD app to stay informed and access information at their convenience,” said Spinney. “This easy-to-use app allows residents to send and receive important alerts directly on their mobile devices and lets us reach a significant percentage of the community in an instant during an emergency.”

Developed by tip411, any tips sent through the Chelmsford PD app will be completely anonymous and all identifying information is removed before police receive a tip. The public may share an anonymous tip with police and officers can respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation. Tips received can be managed and sorted by police.

The Chelmsford Police Department can also send out messages through the app dashboard for residents to receive by text, Twitter, Facebook and app notification. With the app, the police department can now send out and receive information all on one platform.

Police may broadcast emergency messages statewide to any person who has the Chelmsford PD app and approximately 30 police departments use the app in Massachusetts.

Residents in Chelmsford without a smartphone may still send an anonymous text tip via their cell phone to police by texting “CHELMSFORDPD” and their message/tip to 847411. 

Read the full post from Wicked Local Chelmsford

Fargo Police Launch Mobile App for Customized Crime Fighting

The Fargo Police Department is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with its new Fargo PD app to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts, and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone.

Developed by tip411, the Fargo PD app puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of the community members of all ages. The Fargo PD app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.

“Our mission is to reduce crime and the fear of crime through outstanding police services in partnership with the community,” said Deputy Chief Joe Anderson of the Investigations Division. “Our new tip411 service will be a great help to us and we believe the addition of this new Fargo PD app will allow us to have an even deeper crime-fighting partnership with our residents.”

The Fargo PD app will greatly improve the public’s access to agency alerts, social media channels, important information, and more to help fight crime,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch.

The Fargo PD app and the tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

Residents without a smartphone will still be able to send an anonymous text a tip via their cell phone to police by texting keyword FARGOPD and their message/tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the Fargo Police Department website.

Read the full story from WZFG

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Enid Police Department launches new tip411 app, anonymous tip system

Enid Police Department is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphones.

Developed by tip411, the Enid PD app puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members. The Enid PD app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store or by going to the Enid Police Department website at www.enid.org/police.

“We at the Enid Police Department are committed to working in partnership with the community we serve to make Enid a great place to live and raise a family,” said Chief Brian O’Rourke. “We believe our new Enid PD app from tip411 will help make it easier for our residents to partner with us to help fight crime.”

The Enid PD app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

“We’ve listened to feedback from partners like Enid police and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch. “The Enid PD app, powered by tip411, will greatly improve the residents’ access to their local police department.”

The Enid PD app and tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous. The technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

Residents in Enid without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cellphone to police by texting keyword EPDTIP and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411).

Anonymous web tips also can be submitted through the department’s website at www.enid.org/police.