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New tip411 helps combat crime in Sanibel

Tip411 allows the public to share important public safety information anonymously with the police department by sending secure text messages about crime or suspicious activity on Sanibel.

Officers can respond in real-time, and tip411 is completely anonymous.

All identifying information is removed by the program before police receive the message. There is no way to identify the sender.

To send an anonymous tip, message keyword SANIBEL, and your tip to 847411.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the Sanibel website.

If there is an emergency that requires immediate assistance always dial 911.

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Wilmington PD launches app to expand their Text-a-Tip service

The Wilmington Police Department has launched a new smartphone application that will help residents find information, view local crime alerts, and submit anonymous tips.

Developed by tip411, the Wilmington NC PD app will replace and expand the agency’s previous text-a-tip service.

Within the app, users will find agency alerts on the front page, and two additional tabs at the bottom: one for submitting tips and another for accessing the agency’s website, social media channels, and front desk phone number — a one-stop shop for communication between police and the community.

Providing an anonymous line of communication is essential, particularly when it comes to violent crime.

“In order to stop violence in our community, we need the community’s help,” Chief Donny Williams said. “If you know that a violent crime is about to occur, please use this app. If you have information on a past crime, please use this app. You will remain completely anonymous, and you may help save someone’s life.”

Residents can download the app for free in the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store, and have the option of creating an account or continuing as a guest. Creating an account does not affect anonymity.

Wilmington residents without access to a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text message to 847411 (tip411) and including the keyword WPDNC.

This service is not a replacement for 911, which should always be used in emergencies.

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North Dakota Sheriff’s and Deputies Association Partners with tip411 on Anonymous Tip System to Fight Substance Misuse & Crime

In partnership with the North Dakota Department of Human Services and communities across the state, tip411 is proud to announce its partnership with the North Dakota Sheriff’s and Deputies Association on a statewide anonymous tip system to connect residents with law enforcement to help prevent substance misuse and keep communities safe.

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

“Sheriffs and Deputies have been proudly serving North Dakota’s 53 counties since 1889,” said President Chad Kaiser of Stutsman County. “The Sheriffs of North Dakota believe in pride, dedication and service to their counties, and the addition of tip411 in many of our communities will be an important tool that can be used by residents of all ages.”

Many communities across North Dakota currently use tip411, which allows them to work closely with other local departments across multiple jurisdictions to share information and expand the reach of this new anonymous tip system.

“We’ve worked with agencies across the US to build an advanced and innovative product to help law enforcement better engage their communities,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch.  “The NDTip app, powered by tip411, will be a powerful community engagement tool used by residents and law enforcement to combat substance misuse and help fight crime.”

The NDTip app and tip411 system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before law enforcement see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

Morton County Sheriff’s Office launches anonymous tip system

In partnership with the state’s Department of Human Services and North Dakota Sheriff’s and Deputies Association, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office has launched an anonymous tip system that connects residents with law enforcement to help prevent substance misuse and crime. 

Developed by tip411, the NDTip app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with officers and lets the officers respond back. The technology removes all identifying information before law enforcement see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender. The NDTip app is available to download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting www.mortonnd.org/tip411.

Residents without a smartphone can send anonymous text tips by cell phone. Text the keyword NDMORTON and message/tip to 847411.

“This new app and texting option is another great tool in the toolbox for our office to work with our citizens and make our communities safer,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. “This will be very helpful for citizens who have information regarding a crime but may be reluctant to get involved or provide specifics in person.”

The tip app is for non-emergency use only. 

Many communities across North Dakota currently use tip411, allowing officers to work closely with other local departments to share information. 

Read the full story fromThe Bismarck Tribune

Garden City Police Dept. releases new crime prevention app

The Garden City Police Dept. (GCPD) has released a new app to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips on-the-go, the GCPD announced Monday.

The department said its new Garden City GA PD app, developed by tip411, puts crime-fighting in the hands of members of the Garden City community.

“Our goal is to provide the protection of individual life and liberty, while maintaining a peaceful and stable community,” said Garden City Police Chief Gilbert C. Ballard. “We believe our new Garden City GA PD app from tip411 will help greatly enhance our ability to deliver on our department’s mission by engaging community members of all ages to help fight crime.” The new Garden City GA PD app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

GCPD said the app’s tip system is 100% anonymous, as all identifying information is removed before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

“We’ve listened to feedback from partners like Garden City Police and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch. “The Garden City GA PD app, powered by tip411, will greatly improve the public’s access to agency alerts, social media channels, important information, and more to help fight crime.”

The app is available for free via. the Google Play Store, the iTunes App Store or on the department’s website by clicking here.

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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.

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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.