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Rhode Island Prevention Coalition Partners with tip411 to Implement Anonymous Tip Tool

East Bay Regional Coalition, based in eastern Rhode Island, recently partnered with the law enforcement to utilize tip411’s anonymous text-a-tip tool in three communities they serve. 

“The text-a-tip line was one of the evidence-based practices we could implement as part of our grant which aims to reduce underage drinking,” said Steven Eiland, Partnership for Success Coordinator at EBRC. The initiative involves police departments in Bristol, Warren, and East Providence, RI.

Through the use tip411, community members are able to submit tips via text or through an app. While police can to respond to tips with clarifying questions, these tips are kept completely anonymous.

From the launch of the program to April 2022, nearly 1,200 tips were collected with 14% being directly related to alcohol or other substances. One tip led to the identification of someone who would receive orders via text and sell alcohol to underage youth, and another tip led to the identification of a marijuana dealer at a local high school. Additional tips led to an intervention in a suicide threat, the removal of a “ghost” gun, traffic reports regarding DUIs, and noise complaints which often pointed to locations where underage drinking occurred.

“The police departments have shared with us how they feel it’s made a massive impact as far as community relations and making them feel more connected with the community members they serve. Overall, it’s been a fantastic tool and provides us with monthly data that keeps us up to date with what’s going on in the communities, and we look forward to seeing additional outcomes this upcoming year,” said Eiland.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife

State of Florida Wildlife Alert now using tip411 system for better communication

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wildlife Alert System is now using a safe and effective new system, developed by tip411, for submitting anonymous tips. The public can contact FWC Law Enforcement by downloading an easy-to-use iPhone or Android app: “FWC Wildlife Alert.”

The new tool will enable the public to anonymously communicate with members of FWC law enforcement via text, which will allow officers to receive the information they need to address violations more quickly and efficiently.

“We are excited to begin using the new tip411 system to connect the public and FWC law enforcement,” said Wildlife Alert Board Chair Virginia “Jenny” Brock. We believe in this digital age the text and app options will increase public safety and conservation efforts by encouraging more people to report violations.”

To report a violation, you can download the iPhone or Android “FWC Wildlife Alert” app from your phone’s app store.  You can also send a text to 847411 with keyword “FWC” followed by the location and any information you can about the violation.

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Orrville, OH Police Utilizing New tip411 App for Anonymous Tips

Law enforcement agencies around Ohio have begun implementing the tip411 mobile app to help residents find information about their department, view alerts, and submit anonymous tips from their smartphones. 

According to Orrville Police Chief Matt Birkbeck, all the department had prior to tip411 was an answering machine. However, the department’s implementation of tip411 means that whenever a tip comes in, multiple members in the department get a text and/or an e-mail about it in real time.

“It’s great that it’s a simple thing to remember. The instructions are very simple and we have business cards and fliers we hand out to the community. It’s been pretty easy. We have tried different things in the past but this is just simple,” said Chief Birkbeck.

“In general, drugs is the number one thing people want to pass on information about. Then neighbor complaints, suspicious persons, and suspicious crimes,” Birkbeck said.

The app allows the public to share anonymous tips and information with law enforcement. Officers are also able to reply to these tips in real-time in an anonymous two-way conversation.

Orriville residents can submit a tip via text message by texting the keyword OPD and then their tip and sending it to 847411. Residents can also download the free Orrville PD mobile app on the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store.

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The Ohio Star: Ohio Law Enforcement Utilizing New App for Anonymous Tips


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Akron Police Launch New Anonymous Tip App Developed by tip411

The new Akron PD app, developed by tip411, is being used by the Akron, OH Police Department in an effort to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips.

“Our mission is to serve the community of Akron in a collaborative effort to enhance the quality of life through crime prevention, enforcement of laws, promotion of safety, and reduction of fear,” said Akron Police Chief Stephen L. Mylett. “We believe our new Akron PD app from tip411 will help us do just that by making it easier for our community to connect with us to make Akron a safer place for all to live, work, and visit.”

The app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police, as well as allows officers to respond back, creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

The Akron PD app and the tip411 system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips. The is no way to identify the sender.

Akron residents can submit a tip via text message by texting the keyword AKRONPD and then their tip and sending it to 847411. Residents can also download the free Akron PD mobile app on the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store.

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