Enid Police Department launches new tip411 app, anonymous tip system

Enid Police Department is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphones.

Developed by tip411, the Enid PD app puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members. The Enid PD app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store or by going to the Enid Police Department website at www.enid.org/police.

“We at the Enid Police Department are committed to working in partnership with the community we serve to make Enid a great place to live and raise a family,” said Chief Brian O’Rourke. “We believe our new Enid PD app from tip411 will help make it easier for our residents to partner with us to help fight crime.”

The Enid PD app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

“We’ve listened to feedback from partners like Enid police and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch. “The Enid PD app, powered by tip411, will greatly improve the residents’ access to their local police department.”

The Enid PD app and tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous. The technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

Residents in Enid without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cellphone to police by texting keyword EPDTIP and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411).

Anonymous web tips also can be submitted through the department’s website at www.enid.org/police.

Arlington Launches New Safety Alert, Tip System

The town has launched a new app that allows residents to connect with the Arlington Police Department to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone.

The Arlington Police Department app and tip411 anonymous text-a-tip system are 100 percent anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender. This allows the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation.

“I believe that a police department is only as strong and successful as the community it serves,” Chief Juliann Flaherty said in a statement. “That’s why our new Arlington PD app from tip411 will help greatly enhance our ability to engage our community to help fight crime. Other police departments are successfully using this program, such as the Lynn Police Department.”

The program was started and is solely monitored by the police department. The texts go straight to Arlington detectives.

Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the district will work to promote tip411 among students, staff, parents and guardians in the community.

“This will be another great tool we have to keep our students and community safe,” Bodie said in a statement. “We look forward to partnering with Arlington Police to promote and educate students and their families about how to use the app.”

Developed by tip411, the Arlington Police Department app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the Arlington Police Department website at www.ArlingtonMA.gov/police.

Those without a smartphone will still be able to share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone to police by texting keyword ARLINGTONPD and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the department’s website at www.ArlingtonMA.gov/police.

Tip411 should not be used if you or someone else is in imminent danger. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency.

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Cinnaminson Police Home Page

Cinnaminson Police Now Have An App

Cinnaminson police? There’s an app for that. There’s also a new website for the first time in more than 15 years.

The Cinnaminson Police Department has launched a new app to help residents submit anonymous tips from their smartphone, the department announced on Wednesday. It will also allow officers to respond and create an anonymous two-way conversation.

The Cinnaminson PD App, developed by tip411, removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender, police said.

It also helps residents find information and view alerts. It can be downloaded for free through Google Play, iTunes and through the Cinnaminson Police Department’s new website, which launches Thursday.

The new website will be found at www.cinnaminsonpolice.org. It is the first official webpage the police department has had in over 15 years, according to Cinnaminson Police Chief Richard Calabrese. Screen shots from the new website, provided for use by the police department, are attached to this post.

The app can be downloaded as of Wednesday, but all features will work effective Thursday, Calabrese said.

“Our goal is to keep our community safe for all who live, work, and visit Cinnaminson Township,” Calabrese said. “I believe the new Cinnaminson Township PD app from tip411 will help in those efforts by enhancing our ability to engage our community to help fight crime and support public safety.”

The app is completely paid for using civil forfeiture funds, police said.

“We’ve listened to feedback from partners like Cinnaminson Township Police and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” tip411 President Terry Halsch said. “The Cinnaminson 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.”

Residents in Cinnaminson Township without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone to police by texting keyword CINNAMINSONPD and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the department’s website.

Police also remind residents that tip411 is not meant to be used for emergencies or even in the urgent need of police assistance. Residents should always call 911 if they have an emergency.

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Massena Police Department using new tool to allow anonymous reporting

A new way to anonymously report crime tips in Massena is up and running via an app called tip411.

The Massena Police Department app is available for free download via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the Massena Police Department website at www.MassenaPD.com.

Chief Adam J. Love said one of the biggest benefits is the ability to report information anonymously. He said they realize people are sometimes afraid to call the police with information. But, by using tip411, the system removes all of the identifying information, and police receive no personal information such as name, phone number and address.

The individual app for iPhones or Android phones has a tab for alerts, where alerts will be sent by the police department. Another tab is for “My Tips,” where individuals would be able to anonymously send information to the department. There are also links to the department’s website and Facebook pages, as well as the ability to phone the department from the app.

Anyone who doesn’t have a smart phone can still send anonymous tips through a message. They would text keyword MPDTIP to 847411, add a space, type in their tip information and hit send.

In addition, they can use the Anonymous Web Tip Form from their computer by visiting www.MassenaPD.com.

“The biggest thing is they can send anonymous tips,” Chief Love said. “We want to be able to help connect our police department with the public. This is just one powerful tool that we can use to let people reach out to us. The public is our greatest crime-fighting resource.”

For instance, he said, someone may have a concern about possible drug activity in their neighborhood, bullying, suspicious activity or crime.

“Instead of them worrying about are they going to know who I am, they can send a tip anonymously,” he said.

Chief Love said tip411 is strictly to provide anonymous reports, and isn’t mean for emergencies or urgent need of police assistance. Residents should continue to call 9-1-1- for all emergency situations and, for non-emergency, the department at 3165-769-3577.

In addition to anonymous reporting, the app allows the department to get information out to subscribers instantaneously. He said they the police department can use it for instances such as when they’re looking for information on a person or incident. They can also use it in conjunction with the Massena Volunteer Fire Department to alert subscribers to stay away from an area where a fire is in progress, or the Department of Public Works to let individuals know about a road closure for repair work.

He said information can be disseminated in a short amount of time, even from his cell phone. Alerts can be sent via an email or a text message to the individual’s phone. Chief Love said they’ll also continue to use social media site such as Facebook to pass on information.

“We want to be able to help connect our police department with the public. This is just one powerful tool that we can use that people can reach out to us. With social media, they have the right to limit how far out we go and who receives messages. With tip 411, everybody will get a message,” he said.

“I think this is going to give us a nice connection with our community that supports us so well. I think this is one way to be able to keep that positive connection. We look forward to using it and the community using it,” he said.

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KY Fish and Wildlife App Fighting Crime Tip411

New app helping Kentucky conservation officers fight crimes

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is using a new tool to fight crimes.

Nearly two weeks ago the department launched a new smartphone app where people can submit tips anonymously.

“Up to this point we’ve received about 100 tips and about 1,000 downloads of the app,” said Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Chief Communications Officer Kevin Kelly.

When you open the app and select the “new tip” option, you can then write in a subject line, description and fill in the location. You can even take a photo or video to send in showing conservation officers what you’re seeing.

“We’ve received complaints about trespassing, we’ve also received tips about hunters taking more than one buck, so we have a one buck rule here in Kentucky. And then also harvesting deer from roadways which is not allowed,” said Kelly.

Modern gun deer hunting season just began in Kentucky, and officials also want to remind people that it’s illegal to bring deer or elk carcasses across state lines. The reason behind that rule is to prevent the spread of disease.

If you see someone driving carcasses into Kentucky from out-of-state, you can report that through the app too.

LEX 18 talked with a local hunter who said it sometimes can be hard to get in touch with a conservation officer or game warden, and he thinks this is a big step in the right direction.

“Say if someone’s doing something wrong you could just be like ‘hey you might want to come check this out.’ I just think it’d be a great idea,” said Colby Brown from Rockcastle County.

The KFWLaw app is available for download in the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store.

The app is free, and once you have it open, select “new tip” on the app home screen to send in information.

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Keep our Woods & Waters Safe

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife debuts crime-fighting app

Need to report suspected illegal activity related to fish, wildlife or boating to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources?

Now, there’s an app for that.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has partnered with tip411 to offer the public a way to submit anonymous tips using the new KFWLaw smartphone app or by text message and the web. Similar technology has helped reduce crime in communities nationwide.

“Through these new channels, the public can report crimes or suspicious activity anonymously and in real-time directly to Kentucky’s conservation officers,” said Col. Eric Gibson, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Division director. “It’s crime fighting the 21st Century way.”

The free KFWLaw app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. Links to the stores also are posted on the department’s website.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted from non-smartphones with texting capability. Text the keyword “KFWLAW” along with your message or tip to 847411 (tip411).

Whether using the app or texting tips via a non-smartphone, the technology removes all identifying information before officers see the tips. There is no way to identify the sender.

These new features supplement the department’s longtime tip line, 1-800-25-ALERT. In an emergency, or when there is an urgent need for law enforcement, calling 9-1-1 remains the best course of action.

Kentucky’s conservation officers are sworn law enforcement officers with statewide jurisdiction but a primary mission focus on hunting, fishing and boating enforcement.

In their everyday role, conservation officers ensure compliance with hunting and fishing laws and ensure that the state’s waterways are a safe place for all to enjoy by utilizing a two-pronged approach consisting of education and enforcement.

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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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Rocky Boy Police Department

Rocky Boy police implement anonymous tip smartphone app

Rocky Boy Police Department announced this week that, with the help of tip411, it launched an application to allow people to make anonymous tips to law enforcement.

Rocky Boy Police referred the Havre Daily News to its press release and to tip411’s website at https://home.tip411.com for information.

The press release said the app will help Rocky Boy residents and law enforcement officers obtain information.

“The Rocky Boy Police Department is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone,” the release said.

The app was launched Saturday and is aimed to help better connect law enforcement with the public, it said, adding that the app is a powerful crime-fighting tool and is available for all ages. The app is available for free on the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store or by visiting the Rocky Boy Police Department Website at http://www.chippewacree-nsn.gov .

The app removes all identifying information before sending anything to law enforcement, ensuring all information shared is 100 percent anonymous, it added. It also allows the public to share anonymous tips with Rocky Boy Police Department, as well as allowing officers to respond back, creating an anonymous two-way conversation, the release said.

“Our mission is to promote safety and enhance the quality of life for all our residents,” it said. “We believe our new anonymous tip system will aid us in those goals.”

tip411 is a company which helps different agencies effectively engage with the public, its website says. The app is also an easily implemented community notification systems which includes crime alerts as a cost-effective, web-based solution. 

The website added that the system also allows law enforcement to send crime and community alerts to public groups, neighborhood watches, businesses or school campuses. It said the system is aimed to give people an ability to come forward with what they are seeing in their communities without fear of retaliation.

In the press release from Rocky Boy Police Department, tip411 President Terry Halsch said the app will also give people critical access to information and alerts to help fight crime in the area.

“We’ve listened to feedback from partners like Rocky Boy Police and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” Halsch said. “The Rocky Boy 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 release added that residents in Rocky Boy without a smartphone can also share information with law enforcement by sending anonymous text tips using their cellphones by texting RBPD and their message to 847411 (tip411).  Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the department’s website at http://www.chippewacree-nsn.gov .

The app also has the number for Rocky Boy Police Department, a webpage link and a Facebook link. People who are trying to make a tip to law enforcement will have to include a subject for the tip, along with the location and description of what they are reporting. They can also attach a video or photo to the message.

Read the full story from Havre Daily News.

Lynn Police Massachusetts

“We’re absolutely getting tips we wouldn’t have gotten without this system. It’s a great asset for our department.”

tip411 interviewed Captain Mark O’Toole of the Lynn, Massachusetts Police Department.

Q: Tell us about Lynn and your department (how many residents, how many sworn, etc.).
A:
The City of Lynn is the ninth largest city in Massachusetts with a population of approximately 93,000 but likely another 10,000 undocumented persons. We are 10.4 square miles and have been accumulating “city problems” over the years. We’re one city away from Boston but have a lot of the same issues they do, just on a smaller level. Our department has shrunk from almost 200 sworn down to about 165. Crime is going down in terms of the index numbers, but the calls for service have not decreased. We run the gambit on all crimes including robbery, car breaks, larceny, and housebreaks.

Q: Why did you decide to bring tip411 to Lynn?
A:
Over the years we’ve seen a mindset among the population of not wanting to get involved and not wanting to cooperate. We found tip411 to be a conduit to get information while allowing people to remain anonymous. As technology gets better, more and more people in our community communicate via text. We wanted to tap into that rather than making people pick up a phone and call. The custom app tip411 built for us is making a huge difference in getting tips as well.

Q: Anything you would tell other agencies considering tip411?
A: We’re absolutely getting tips we wouldn’t have gotten without this system. It’s a great asset for our department. It gets us into the younger, tech savvy generation. Once they send us a tip, it’s out there, and they can’t take it back.  The two-way communication is great because we can ask questions and many people respond back with more information so we can deploy our resources. Tip411 has been a huge help to our people. Unlike our anonymous phone tip line where we can’t ask that next question to get more information, we can and do with tip411. Almost everyone has a cell phone, they can take pictures and send things to you and they do, and it’s instant. If you can get them to tip you on some stuff, you can get them to tip you on bigger, more important stuff, too. tip411 has been a great investment for us in terms of gaining information and communicating with our public. If you’re not on it, you’re missing out on the opportunity for some really great information to help solve crimes.

Q: Any notable tips/arrests credited to tip411 that come to mind?
A:
On March 21stwe got a tip about a Level 3 Sex Offender that was living in our community near an elementary school. The subject was confirmed as unregistered in our city as required, more investigation was done and charges were filed for failure to register. This is the type of thing we want to know, and we were able to take action as a result of the tip. We have a wide variety of crimes, and when our PIO sends something out to the newspapers, on Twitter, and on Facebook, we always put the tip411 information on it. We include video stills when we can, and we get a fair amount of tips that lead us to who the person or persons are.

Q: Any success working with other jurisdictions through tip411?
A:
We received a tip not long ago about a guy wanted on a sexual assault crime. The tipster told us he was living at an address in Pensacola, Florida, and we reached out to Pensacola PD and they were able to apprehend the guy.

Q: How is tip411 administered in your department (responsibilities, protocols, etc.)?
A:
Tips come in to the patrol division and the commanding officer is responsible for monitoring them. There are several other people in the department, including myself, who have access to the tips and can monitor them on their phone in case it’s something that needs immediate action. For example, we’ve had complaints of children possibly being neglected and it comes through and patrol has gone right out and done checks on the addresses and acted swiftly when required.

Q: What have you done to brand and promote the tip411 system in Lynn to make your residents aware of it?
A:
We promote tip411 through our website, with community groups, and include the tip411 information on anything we’re asking for the public’s assistance on.  We have business cards with our tip411 information on them as well that we hand out to community members.We have some vice situations that I’m concerned could turn violent, so I’m working on a campaign to reach out to that at-risk community specifically with information about tip411 and how they can share information with us to protect their and others’ safety anonymously without having to identify themselves.

Q: Have you noticed an increase in the number of tips your department is receiving and cases you are solving since implementing tip411?
A:
I just looked at the numbers and since we began partnering with tip411 in 2014, we’ve gotten over 3,000 tips. We love the feature of the two-way communication and people being allowed to include photo/video tips. The vast majority we receive are about narcotics activity, and I’ll frequently respond back to the tipster asking for more information. We do get information back that has resulted in very successful investigations. These types of successful investigations can be directly attributed to the tip411 service.

Q: What types of tips/situations have you seen tip411 be most useful for in Lynn?
A: A good thing about the texts is that they can’t take it back. Sometimes people reach out with information in the heat of the moment while they’re angry or upset, and we have that information in digital form. tip411 is definitely useful for narcotics and for vice crimes as well.

Crime Solvers Tip411

Fairfax County Crime Solvers Partners with tip411

Fairfax County Crime Solvers has partnered with tip411 to introduce a new and innovative crime-fighting tool.

Through a partnership with tip411, information can now be shared anonymously with police via a free smartphone app, text message, or a web tip form.

Fairfax County Crime Solvers encourages anyone with a smartphone to download their free Fairfax Co Crime Solvers app for iPhone/Android or to text anonymous tips to 847411 using keyword FCCS.

Residents should submit tips about crimes, drugs, bullying, threats, suspicious activity, and more to help police protect students and community members of all ages.

Issues requiring immediate public safety attention should always be reported directly police by calling 9-1-1.

More information about Fairfax County Crime Solvers can be found at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org