Richland County launches tip411 for custom crime fighting

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota, is increasing its crime fighting arsenal. The “Tip 411” mobile app debuted earlier in November to help residents connect with the sheriff’s office to submit anonymous tips from their smartphone.

The app puts a powerful new crime fighting tool into the hands of community members of all ages, the sheriff’s office stated. It is available for download free via the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

Richland County Sheriff Larry Leshovsky reminds the public that his office’s mission is to reduce both crime and the fear of crime. This is possible through outstanding law enforcement services and partnership with all communities.

“Tip 411 is a great help to us and I believe the addition of this new app will allow us to have an even greater crime fighting partnership with all Richland County residents,” Leshovsky said.

The sheriff’s office is working with Tip 411 to enhance citizens’ ability to leave tips for law enforcement regarding suspicious activity within Richland County.

Members of the public are able to share an anonymous tip with the sheriff’s office. Tip 411 also lets deputies respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

“The Tip 411 app should only be used for non-emergency information,” Leshovsky said. “If an immediate response is needed, persons should continue to call 911.”

Both Tip 411 and the tips themselves are completely anonymous. The technology involved removes all identifying information before law enforcement sees the tips, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office stated. There is no way to identify the sender.

“This new technology will greatly enhance the public’s activity to notify our office of ongoing criminal activity while allowing them to remain completely anonymous. (It) gives those submitting tips a sense of security that isn’t always felt if conventional calls are made to report such activity,” the office continued.

Leshovsky said he is pleased to have a valuable tool available to help keep Richland County citizens safe.

“As your sheriff, I am always committed to finding the best ways to keep our communities safer,” he said. “I feel that this Tip 411 system will do just that. Please use it to report any type of suspicious activity you see.”

Last month, the North Dakota Highway Patrol announced its participation in the NDTip program. NDTip is designed to address underage drinking, drug abuse and impaired driving. The highway patrol is collaborating with the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division.

“Alcohol, drug use and impaired driving continue to be contributing factors to fatalities on our roads,” said Sgt. Wade Kadrmas, safety and education officer for the NDHP. “With the help of the public, NDHP troopers and other law enforcement can locate and remove impaired drivers from our roadways, making travel safer for the public as we work together to reach Vision Zero.”

The NDTip system allows North Dakota residents to anonymously report suspicious activity, crimes, traffic incidents or other law enforcement issues in one of three ways: sending a text to 847411 (tip411), using the app on their phone, or sending a tip via the NDHP website, nd.gov/ndhp/tip411.

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Submit a Tip Ayden Police Department

Ayden police now lets users anonymously submit tips online

Police in one Eastern Carolina town are working to make it easier and more modern to submit tips online.

The Ayden Police Department now lets you submit a tip on Facebook. Users can go to the town’s Facebook page and click “Submit a Tip” on the left side of the page.

This is part of a program called tip411 that Ayden is employing to help better inform the community of any crime alerts.

The tip service will ask basic questions such as the issue, where it is happening and any other details.

Ayden police remind residents in the event of an emergency, they shouldn’t submit it online and instead call 911.

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Methuen Police Arrest Fugitive

Methuen Police Arrest Fugitive After 16 Years on the Run Using Tip From Smartphone App

Police on Friday arrested a Methuen man who had been on the run for 16 years.

Eric Rivera-Velez, 39, of Methuen was charged with five active warrants from Massachusetts and New Hampshire for allegations including trafficking 18 kilograms or more of cocaine near a school or park, being a fugitive from justice, and conspiracy to sell a narcotic drug,

Detectives from the Methuen Police Department began an investigation on Jan. 10 after a tip was submitted from their tip411 app about the possible distribution of narcotics at a Methuen residence. On Jan. 12, police spotted Rivera-Velez on Brook Street. He was recognized as one of the people living in the residence from the tip earlier that week, and as a man who had several outstanding warrants.

Rivera-Velez was detained until his identify was verified. He had several outstanding warrants for narcotics offenses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

“A job well done,” said Mayor James Jajuga. “Excellent police work and investigation. I look forward to working more with all of you during my time as mayor. With this arrest, we are off to a great start to 2018.”

Police discovered that Rivera-Velez had several fake names, altered fingerprints, and was listed on Rockingham County’s Most Wanted list in New Hampshire. He’d been wanted by police since 2002.

“A case closed for Rockingham County and a great arrest by detectives,” Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon said. “This arrest goes to show the power of communication with the police, anonymous or otherwise.”

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IACP 2017

Learn How to Engage Your Community to Help Fight Crime – Visit Booth 1629 at IACP 2017

The tip411 Mobile app, part of our Pro subscription, is our cutting edge app which can be customized for your agency to make interacting with your residents easy, efficient, and instant.

But don’t just take our word for it; download the Yonkers PD tip411 Mobile app for free on your iPhone or Android to see how this innovative app can work for your department.

tip411 and members of our team will be at Booth 1629 during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Philadelphia sharing information about our tip411 Mobile app and giving away a GoPro camera!

We hope you’ll give the Yonkers PD tip411 Mobile app a look and then stop by our booth to enter for your chance to win a GoPro and learn more about how we can help your agency engage with the public, share information, and receive 2-way anonymous tips to make your community safer.

Learn more at tip411.com and follow us on social media @tip411CO and Facebook.com/tip411 to see how other agencies are benefiting from our system.

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.”

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Read more about the app on the Point Park University website