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.

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Text-a-Tip Handy Post Holiday Weekend

While you’re out celebrating Fourth of July, it’s always good to keep in mind that the Laredo Police Department is not just available for emergencies, but also available in case you’d like to report non-emergency criminal activity anonymously.

The Laredo Police Department’s text-a-tip program allows for the people of Laredo to chime in with tips related to criminal activity.

Well 911 is the option for emergencies, but with people celebrating for the holiday, the text-a-tip program could come in handy if non-emergency situations develop in the wake of fourth of July celebrations.

The Fourth of July allows for people to celebrate their independence, but if someone decides to use that independence to take part in criminal action here in the gateway city The Laredo Police Department would like to know about it.

Laredo’s 411 text-a-tip program provides the community an avenue for providing information related to non-emergency criminal wrong-doing.

“It’s a very specialized module for people to utilize so they can give us their information completely anonymous and so they could be free of any fear of being identified and they can give us any information they want”, said Joe Baeza.

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Yonkers Police Introduce tip411 Pro at Press Conference

YPD app poster_800Mike Spano and Police Commissioner Charles Gardner of the Yonkers Police Department in Yonkers, NY announced the new Yonkers PD Tips App at a press conference on on June 17, 2016.

Yonkers new app enables the public to stay informed of the latest Yonkers PD news and events. Users can also submit 100% anonymous tips directly through this app which can be downloaded at the iTunes Store or Google Play store.

Watch the press conference below to learn more and see a demo of how the app works.

Victoria Police Team Up with 7-Eleven for “Operation Chill”

Think tip411 can only be used to receive tips and share public safety alerts?  Think again.

Departments large and small use tip411 in creative ways to announce programs and events directly to residents:

“Operation Chill is a program that the Victoria Police Department recently became involved in, partnering with 7-11, to create positive police interaction with the youth in our community.

Officers with the Victoria Police Department will be handing out “tickets” to young people in our community who are observed being good citizens.  This can include many things such as riding their bicycle safely with the proper safety equipment, using crosswalks, following the law, helping others, volunteering time in their community, using their manners, or other things that young people do to be good citizens of our community.”

Learn more and read the full announcement from the Victoria Police Department.

La Habra Police arrest man for possession of drugs, weapons after receiving tip

A convicted felon in possession of numerous weapons was arrested by La Habra Police Sunday, authorities said in a written statement.

Police were notified through Tip411, an app used by the La Habra Police Department which allows community members to submit anonymous tips, about a child residing in a home where there was weapons and drugs, officials said.

In response, police officers went to a residence in the 2600 block of Candlewood Way where they arrested Ronald Amster, 41, outside of his home for possession of illegal drugs and paraphernalia, the statement said.

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