Osseo Police launch new mobile app powered by tip411

The Osseo, MN Police Department is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with the Osseo PD mobile app, developed by tip411, that puts a powerful new tool into the hands of community members of all ages to help residents connect with the department.

The Osseo PD app allows the public to submit anonymous tips by sending a secure message through an app, text or online. The public can also receive news and alerts from the Osseo Police Department about current events or information, and view an interactive crime map. With recent civil unrest in the area, the department is encouraging people to use the free Osseo PD app.

“So Tip411 is a public outreach app that is going to allow people or allow us to reach out to the public,” Osseo officer Tony Mortinson said. “We can post anything from public alerts. Let’s say we have a burglary case and we want to make sure the public knows about it. We put that information out there.”

He added that Tip411 would let people be able to give the police department any tips or leads on that case by replying to an alert.

“People can also submit tips via the app directly to us for any rhyme or reason,” Mortinson said.

Mortinson said once a tip is submitted, the officer on duty will respond. “We can actually open up a conversation between the officer and the citizen,” he said. “Anyone responding from the Osseo Tip411 is an Osseo police officer.”

Chief Shane Mikkelson said if people see an emergency or crime happening, they should call 911, but the app is still available. “The nice part of the crime mapping is when you click on whatever crime is it, you can submit a tip that way too on the crime map itself,” he said.

People will be able to set a date time frame and choose which crimes they would like to be informed about. Sensitive incidents, like domestic assaults or medical calls, are not part of the crime mapping.

He added, “Tip411 is another different way to report something, especially if you want to remain anonymous. Or if it’s something so sensitive, like maybe it’s not occurring now but you saw it or heard about it, we can at least look at these things.”

There is a crime mapping section as part of Tip411. This allows residents to see what crimes have been occurring in the area. “The biggest benefit for us, I think, is the ability for people to let us know about the crime that’s happening,” Mortinson said. “It allows people to give us information on cases that we are currently investigating.”

Mikkelson said the Tip411 app will also allow the department to use all of its social media platforms through the app.

“It connects to our Facebook page. It connects to our Twitter page,” he said. “It will share the first part of the alert. Let’s just say, worst-case scenario, there is a school shooting. We could get onto Tip411 and send it out telling everyone to stay in your home. You would get the alert on your phone if you had it downloaded.”

Mortinson said the app is a great way to get information out to the public quickly as possible and create.

“People should really have this on their phone, whether they live, work or play here,” Mikkelson added. “For us, the app is a two-way street. We are trying to implement things that involve our community. It’s just a great way to engage with our community. And they can stay on top of what’s going on in their block, their area, by looking at crime mapping.”

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San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office launches mobile app to submit tips

The San Joaquin County, CA Sheriff’s Office is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with the SanJoaquinCo Sheriff mobile app, developed by tip411, that puts a powerful new tool into the hands of community members of all ages to help residents connect with the agency.

Residents can use the app to send in anonymous tips to the agency. 

“Everything is 100% anonymous. You can send anonymous tips to the police about crimes, drugs, bullying, suspicious activity and more,” said Jennifer Kline, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. 

Kline says it’s another way for law enforcement to get information from the public. 

“People may sometimes be afraid to call the police with information, but when using Tip 411, the system removes your name, your phone number, your address,” Kline explained. “It just gives us a tip, and that access to talk to you back and forth.”

After downloading the app, users can send information to the sheriff’s office by texting “SJSOTIP” before whatever information is being sent to the number 847411.

Every tip gets sent to dispatchers who then forward that information to deputies on patrol. 

“We embrace new technology because it helps our detectives, it helps our officers, and it helps the community,” Kline said. 

Kline says while the sheriff’s office encourages people to use the app, it does not replace 911. 

“This is another branch to help fight crime,” Kline said. “But, if you have an emergency, please call 911,” Kline said. 

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Rice County offers new app with emergency and tip lines

Tip411 is a safe and anonymous way to alert law enforcement of potentially harmful or suspicious activity.

Tip411 allows for an anonymous two-way line of communication, which will enable citizens to anonymously provide information that could help individuals in trouble, assist in solving crimes, and help create a safer community. You can even attach photographs and videos. You can provide information in any language.

To download the free RiceCo Tips app in your app store, follow these links:

For iPhone: bit.ly/RiceTipApple

For Android bit.ly/RiceTipAndroid

Don’t have the app? You can send a text to 847411. Begin the message with the letters RICECO and then write your message. You can also submit a tip from your computer with this form: bit.ly/RiceTipOnline

The information you provided goes to local law enforcement after your message is stripped of identifying information. There is no way for anyone to know it was you who reached out for help. Tip411 is monitored 24/7, but it is NOT a replacement for 911. For situations that require immediate assistance, always call 911.

Also included in this app are links to other life-saving resources, such as local naloxone availability.

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Tips Submitted to Rockland County Drug Task Force Lead to Arrest

Anonymous tips submitted by citizens using the RocklandCo DA mobile app, developed by tip411, led the arrest recently of a Pearl River man by members of the Rockland County Drug Task Force, Rockland County, NY District Attorney Thomas E. Walsh II announced.

“I want to commend the excellent teamwork between the Rockland County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and the Orangetown Police Department in apprehending the alleged suspect. The use of the TIP411 hotline and the immediate investigation and arrest show how important these tools are for combating crime in our community.” said District Attorney Walsh. Darryl Wright was processed at the Orangetown Police Department and arraigned virtually in the Town of Orangetown Justice Court.

The arrest warrant was a result of an investigation by the Rockland County Drug Task Force with assistance from the Orangetown Police Department, in response to complaints from the community regarding open air drug transactions in the Pearl River area. Complaints from the community were made to both the Orangetown Police Department and the District Attorney’s RocklandCo DA mobile app.

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More agency success stories using tip411

Asheville Police See Success Fighting Drugs in their Community with tip411

The Asheville Police Department credits the community after tips lead to a lengthy investigation into drug activity at one local home has resulted in multiple arrests

Authorities say several community members submitted tips on the TIP2APD app about a home located at 109 Hanover Street.

On February 26 officers arrested Lacey Amanda Broxton, Robert Charles Banks, Jr. and Misty Dawn Rollins. In addition, officers seized 2.01 ounces of Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun.

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And in January, three people have been arrested on drug and weapon charges after a tip was submitted to Asheville Police.

The tip was received through the Asheville Police Department’s Tip2APD app. After an investigation, police seized four firearms and suspected Fentanyl. 

The Asheville Police Department seized:

  • Anderson AM-15 rifle with scope
  • Olympic Arms AR-15 rifle
  • Taurus 9mm pistol
  • FIE .38 revolver
  • Suspected Fentanyl
  • Digital scales and other drug paraphernalia

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