Campus security app launched at Point Park University

PPUPoliceTipsApp_onlineWith the start of the 2017 school year, the Point Park Police Department in Pennsylvania is implementing an anonymous tip app to create a safer campus environment.

“I wanted to add another feature for faculty, staff and especially students,” Chief of Police Jeffrey Besong said. “I think it helps the students who don’t feel comfortable calling the police or getting involved.”

The “Point Park PD” app is designed to involve community in the crime solving process of the campus department. The app gives students the option to remain completely anonymous while filling out a tip. Students are given the option to include their name with the submitted tip.

“We are using the app in real time with our 24-hour dispatch, Besong said. Anytime a student submits a tip it goes to our dispatch, my cell phone, email and to other department supervisors.”

The app is developed by tip411, a system used across the country to include citizens in the law enforcement process. Point Park is the first Pittsburgh school to use the system as well as to launch a tip based security app.

“The tip411 system has been successful in communities across the U.S.,” Terry Halsch, president of tip411 in a press release from the department, said. “We are excited to partner with Point Park as one of the first universities to use the new school edition of our innovative tip411 app to directly connect and engage students, faculty and staff.”

See the full story in the Point Park Globe

Read more about the app on the Point Park University website

Following overnight shootings, city leaders, law enforcement announce plan to curb downtown violence

Minneapolis city and law enforcement leaders announced plans on Monday to add more police officers and expand the city’s youth intervention program, in an effort to reach the relatively small percentage of young people they say are responsible for the majority of the violence.

The announcement came a few hours after a pair of early-morning shootings Monday in the downtown Minneapolis Warehouse District that police say left six people wounded.

The shootings occurred between about 1:13 and 1:30 a.m., police said.

“Gun violence anywhere in this city is unacceptable and I am sick of it,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said at an afternoon news conference at First Precinct headquarters downtown. She said that if passed, her 2017 budget would increase the department’s authorized strength by 15 officers next year…

… “Investigators believe that both shootings are gang-related,” Michal said. “Officers continue to look at footage from cameras in the area to try to determine who else is involved. They will also be canvassing in the area in the coming days talking with business owners.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to text their tip in to 847411 (TIP411). Enter MPD, a space, and then the information. These text messages are assigned a tip number and the police department has no way of identifying the source of the information. All texts are anonymous. People may also call the MPD TIP Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

Read the full story from the Star Tribune.

Delhi Township Police Thank Residents for Tips that Lead to Arrest

From the Delhi Township, Ohio Police Department:

THANK YOU! Subject was identified and arrested!

UPDATE: Shortly after the original alert (below) was sent out, numerous TIPS came in identifying the suspect. Based on the tips, the suspect was identified as Kevin Taylor age 37. Kevin was arrested last night and charged with the burglary from Mayhew. Thanks to the quick responses from people we were able to arrest the burglar the same day that the report was filed.

We appreciate all the shares, willingness to get involved, and the anonymous tips!

ORIGINAL ALERT: Burglary took place on 09/06/2016 at approximately 6:52am in the 4400 block of Mayhew Avenue. A male subject, pictured below, forced entry through a rear window and removed U.S. Currency from inside the residence. The male subject then fled the scene. Anyone with information on the incident or the identity of the subject, please contact Delhi Township Police Department at (513)922-0060. You may also submit an ANONYMOUS TIP by clicking on the link below.

Delhi Incident – # 16-12557

Click here to see the full alert and more information.

Woman wanted for involvement in Atlantic City standoff arrested

Atlantic City police tweeted Tuesday that a woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend in the hand during a domestic dispute last week was arrested.

According to police, an anonymous tip on the TIP 411 system led police to Amirah Black. Black, 19, was wanted for aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Last Wednesday, police responded to Delancey Drive after Black told emergency dispatchers she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Clifton Holley, and that he had several weapons.

Read the full story from the Press of Atlantic City

Yonkers PD Use tip411 to Promote National Night Out

On the evening of Tuesday August 2nd, the Yonkers Police Department will once again be participating in National Night Out (NNO) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at four locations throughout the city.  NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our communities safer, better places to live.  NNO events will take place in all 50 states.

“National Night Out is a great opportunity for our residents to interact with their local police and community,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Yonkers has the greatest police department in the country and these events will remind our neighbors that our police are here to serve and keep our streets and families safe.”  Each Precinct Community Council, which is made up of volunteer residents, plans their own NNO event with their local precinct command staff.

There will be activities for all ages including live entertainment, vendors, free handouts, police equipment demos, K-9 demos, and crime prevention materials.  Officers from each of our four precincts, Community Affairs, Emergency Service Unit, Fleet Services, and the Yonkers Youth Police Initiative (YPI) will be present at all four locations.

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated “National Night Out gives us another opportunity to strengthen bonds with our residents.  I want to thank the local Precinct Community Councils and our Officers for all of their efforts in planning this great evening out for our residents.  The successes that we have had here in Yonkers over the last few years would not be possible without our community members and this gives us a chance to thank them and have some fun at the same time.”

See the full notice sent to residents using tip411

Anonymous Tip System Giving MPD Crime-Fighting Boost

It doesn’t matter if its late night, early morning or during business hours — violent crime is invading Minneapolis neighborhoods at an alarming rate.

“We need the community’s help to solve these serious crimes that are taking place,” said Minneapolis Police Cmdr. Scott Gerlicher.

Minneapolis police are reminding people how they can help, anonymously, by using their cellphone as a crime-fighting tool.

If you have information about a crime, you can either text 847411 or download MPD Tip on your smartphone to leave an anonymous tip for police.

“They all get triaged here, so we look at every single tip that comes in and we decide who would be best to handle the follow up on this,” Lt. Jeff Rugel said.

He says the system is set up so officers have no idea who is calling.

Read the full story from CBS Minnesota