New app encourages people to anonymously report crime

For Hamden Police, it is another step in helping to bridge the gap between police officers and the communities they protect. A new smartphone app called tip411 lets smartphone users submit crime tips anonymously.

“Often I’ll be in meetings and hear people say like I did yesterday, well, I didn’t want to bother the police. I heard from somebody else well, I want to be anonymous and I didn’t want to get involved so to speak,” said Hamden Chief of Police Thomas Wydra.

 Wydra said the goal of the department is to connect with everyone in the town but realizes certain groups of people are hesitant to engage. Officers believe the app will encourage people to alert them of suspicious activity.

“We wanna reach people who ordinarily might not be willing to engage with us for a variety of reasons. That includes kids, people whose immigration status may be in jeopardy or some other process they don’t want to engage the local police. This is another way for them to reach us,” said Wydra.

Read the full story and see the video from News 8 – WTNH.

Chief Anthony Holloway Calls tip411 “essential to modern policing”

Chief Anthony Holloway of the St. Petersburg, Florida Police Department is someone who has been a great partner with tip411, using the system as the head of three different departments.

Read below the letter below that Chief Holloway shared with his colleagues in the law enforcement community about his thoughts on the need for tip411 and how it is essential to modern policing:

“Dear Colleagues, 

As law enforcement leaders, we continue to look for ways to reach out, share information, and encourage our citizens to help us with our efforts to reduce crime and create safer communities.

I believe the tip411 system is essential to modern policing.  I’ve used this system during my time as chief in Somerville, Massachusetts, Clearwater, Florida, and now in St. Petersburg, and I truly believe this tool empowers officers and the community to engage and communicate in ways that were not possible before.

With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Terry Halsch, President of tip411.  I invite you to connect with him to learn more about how their anonymous text a tip service, community alerts sent directly to residents via email and text message, social media integration, and new, innovative, tip411 Mobile app for iPhone and Android can be deployed by your department.

Visit tip411.com to learn more about the solutions they offer and read about how departments large and small across the United States are utilizing the system to gather intelligence from residents, close cases, and reduce crime.

Sincerely, 

Anthony Holloway
Chief of Police

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Delhi Township Police Thank Tipsters

Delhi Township Police sent an alert using tip411 on January 13 asking for help identifying a suspect wanted for stealing items from a convenience store and then fleeing.

On January 18, Delhi Township Police sent a follow up alert stating the following:

“Thanks to tipsters, the below suspect has been identified, and warrants are now on file for his arrest. The suspect has been identified as Michael Campbell, age 36. Mr. Campbell’s last known address is on Westwood Ave in Cincinnati (District Three). If you know Mr. Campbell’s whereabouts, please contact Delhi Twp. Police at 513-922-0060 or Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.”

Read the full alerts here and help Delhi Township Police locate this susptect

Marion County Sheriff’s kick off text to tip app

Marion County residents can now report crime tips via text message.

The new text-to-tip program, tip411, allows Marion County Sheriff’s Office to help connect with the community.

The program lets users report crime tips and suspicious activities by sending an anonymous text message from their cellphone or through a free app called MCSO In The Know.

“We believe an informed community is a safer community,” said Lt. Chris Baldridge,  Marion County Sheriff’s public information officer.

MCSO In The Know gives officers the ability respond back by creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

The technology utilized in the app removes identifying information from users before messages reach police.

In addition to the two-way text conversations, the sheriff’s office will inform registered app users of public safety alerts by sending emails, text messages and app alerts.

Anonymous crime tips can also be shared by sending by texting “TipMCSO” and their message to 847411, or tip411.

Read the full story from the Statesman Journal.

Lewisville Police Announce Change to New Crime Map Featuring tip411

Effective Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the Lewisville Police Department is changing its public crime mapping service from Motorola’s CrimeReport to LexisNexis® Community Crime Map (formerly known as RaidsOnline by Bair Analytics).

Community Crime Map offers citizen’s greater functionality.  The map links to the Tip411 anonymous crime tip service, allowing citizens to make a tip directly from the map.  Citizens may also sign up for a periodic report of incidents occurring around a defined address.

Click here to read the full alert and access the map.

Lewisville Police Use tip411 to Identify Driver in Fatal Hit and Run

From Lewisville Police:

Tips from citizens helped in identifying the driver in this incident.  The Lewisville Police Departments thanks the public for their assistance.

On Sunday, October 02, 2016, at approximately 8:40 pm, a 45-year-old male pedestrian was struck in the right southbound lane of 1600 S SH121 Business in Lewisville.  Witness statements and video surveillance from surrounding businesses confirms the suspect vehicle as a two tone, red over tan or gray, 2004 – 2008 Ford F-150 crew cab pickup truck with tinted windows.  The truck stopped for about 10 seconds, then fled the scene turning right onto westbound E Southwest Parkway.

Read the full original alert and update from Lewisville Police here.

Following overnight shootings, city leaders, law enforcement announce plan to curb downtown violence

Minneapolis city and law enforcement leaders announced plans on Monday to add more police officers and expand the city’s youth intervention program, in an effort to reach the relatively small percentage of young people they say are responsible for the majority of the violence.

The announcement came a few hours after a pair of early-morning shootings Monday in the downtown Minneapolis Warehouse District that police say left six people wounded.

The shootings occurred between about 1:13 and 1:30 a.m., police said.

“Gun violence anywhere in this city is unacceptable and I am sick of it,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said at an afternoon news conference at First Precinct headquarters downtown. She said that if passed, her 2017 budget would increase the department’s authorized strength by 15 officers next year…

… “Investigators believe that both shootings are gang-related,” Michal said. “Officers continue to look at footage from cameras in the area to try to determine who else is involved. They will also be canvassing in the area in the coming days talking with business owners.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to text their tip in to 847411 (TIP411). Enter MPD, a space, and then the information. These text messages are assigned a tip number and the police department has no way of identifying the source of the information. All texts are anonymous. People may also call the MPD TIP Line at 612-692-TIPS (8477).

Read the full story from the Star Tribune.