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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Cowley County Sheriff's Cruiser

Cowley County Sheriff’s Office Launches New Text Tool For Anonymous Tips

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office now allows the public to share important public safety information anonymously with police by sending them a secure text message about crimes or suspicious activity in Cowley County, according to a news release.

The Cowley County Sherriff’s Office is launching tip411, an internet-based tool from CitizenObserver that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation. 

“We believe the public is our greatest law enforcement resource,” Cowley County Sheriff Dave Falletti stated in the release. “tip411 allows a safe and secure way for community members to share important information with police without the fear of retribution.”

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Offices says tip411 is used by over 1,200 communities throughout the U.S. and enables anyone with a cell phone to text anonymous tips to authorized personal within an agency. These tips are received in real-time and can be responded to in seconds via an interface that allows for secure web and text-based conversations. 

The tip411 system is 100-percent anonymous, as its technology removes all identifying information before police see it and there is no way to identify the sender, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office by texting COWLEYTIPS and message/tip to 847411 (tip411).

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Panama City Police Department Alert

Tips Help Lead to Escapee Capture

After four days on the run from walking away from a Department of Corrections Community Release Center, Panama City Police announced via an alert sent to their community using tip411, that an escaped fugitive was captured Wednesday afternoon.

Panama City Police said, “The Panama City Police Department would like to thank members of the community for tips that led to apprehension in this case, as well as the members of the United States Marshal Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the Lynn Haven Police Department for their assistance in this case.”

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Utah wildlife crime tip application example

New way to report poaching, wildlife crime in Utah

Have information on a possible poacher or other wildlife crime in Utah? Wildlife officers are encouraging you to download a new app that will help them investigate.

The app, UTDWR, is available for both iOS and Android devices. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says it was created by Citizen Observer, an organization that provides internet-based communication systems that allow people to report wildlife crimes quickly and easily in a text message format.

These photos show what the app is like:

If you have an iPhone, you can download the free app at Android users can get the app at

DWR says the new app is already paying off in Utah’s fight against poaching.

The new app is already paying off in the state’s fight against poaching.

“Two buck deer were poached recently in Millard County,” says Captain Wyatt Bubak with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. “We got word out through our social media channels and a news release. It didn’t take long before two solid tips came in via the new app. Those tips have been very helpful in moving the case forward.”

DWR says information can be provided anonymously.

“It isn’t required, but we do encourage people to share their name and a way to contact them,” Bubak explains. “Many of our cases take weeks, months or even years to investigate. By providing some contact information, we’re able to follow up with you in case we need more information.”

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Officer Brad Kallio

New Hope Police Department Launches tip411

The New Hope Police Department has rolled out a new communications tool for residents to submit crime tips. Residents can submit anonymous tips using the new City of New Hope mobile app created by tip411. 

“We hear all the time that people didn’t call us for several reasons. Whether it be they didn’t think it was important, they didn’t want to waste our time, or they didn’t want anybody to know they called,” said Brad Kallio, New Hope’s community engagement and crime prevention officer. “This is a great way to kind of circumvent that.”

Tipsters can send a message about crime, suspicious activity or additional concerns. Once people send a message, the police department can respond, creating a completely anonymous two-way conversation, Kallio said.

There are three ways to leave an anonymous tip: by text message, on New Hope’s tip411 page, or via the City of New Hope mobile app.

Officer Kallio stresses that if you have an emergency, you still need to call 911 because tip411 is not monitored 24/7.

Residents can also sign up to receive communication from the police department, including crime alerts, safety advisories, reminders, general information and view an interactive crime map.