31 Schools in McKinney, TX See Success With tip411

tip411 interviewed McKinney Independent School District’s Director of Safety, Greg Hill, and Sgt. Sherwood Holmes, who is in charge of the district’s School Resource Officers, about their use of tip411 in McKinney, Texas.

Q: Tell us about McKinney and your school district.

A: McKinney ISD is made up of 31 schools with 24,400 students. McKinney, a community of around 150,000, is one of the fastest growing cities in the US.

Two years ago we began using tip411 after the McKinney Police Department approached us about the system and told us to apply for a grant. We received the grant, which funded the system in all 31 of our high, middle, and elementary schools.

Q: How is the tip411 system used in your schools?

A: Our SRO’s assigned to each school receive and respond to tips. Sergeant Holmes is also able to see all tips received. Depending on the nature of the tip, the SRO either forwards tips about criminal activity to the police department, and other tips are sent to the school’s administrators for follow up.

We receive around 700 tips per year, mostly from middle and high school students. Our three most common types of tips are students concerned about the welfare of others, drug tips, and tips about bullying. We also receive tips about tobacco use, petty thefts, and more.

Q: Why tip411?

A: We aren’t about reinventing the wheel. Schools and police in this area talk and collaborate regularly, and tip411 has everything we wanted; the ability for students to send tips anonymously and also allowing our officers to communicate directly with students.

Our SRO’s have great relationships with many students, but tip411 allows our SRO’s to build relationships with students they have not yet been able to reach.

tip411 also promotes kids being responsible for the safety of their schools and having them take that kind of ownership is priceless.

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Cedar Park, TX Police launch tip411

Cedar Park, TX  Police have unveiled a new way to not only save lives, but give citizens the chance to help via tip411.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix announced the new Tip411 program April 30.

“For those in the community [who] have ever wanted to let us know about … a crime that has occurred that they might have information on, but they might have been hesitant to call us, well, there’s an app for that,” Mannix said.

Residents in emergency situations must call 911. But anyone who has a nonemergency tip about a crime or suspicious activity can text 847411 with the keyword “CPPD,” he said.

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Borger, TX PD re-introduces tip411 Public Safety Alert System

The Borger Police Department recently re-introduced the tip411 alert system from CitizenObserver, an interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through email, text message, and online public safety alerts. Tip411 also allows the public to report crimes and other suspicious activities directly to police by sending anonymous text messages from their cell phone.

“We believe an informed community is a safer community,” said Chief Bruce Roberts. “The tip411 system has allows our department to engage with the public and share information that will help make Borger a safer place.”

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DEA Houston – New Program Allows Anonymous Tips via Text

Courtesy Courtesy KRGV.com –

The Drug Enforcement Administration has a new way for people in the Rio Grande Valley to submit anonymous tips about suspected drug activity.

The program launched about a month ago and is called TIP411.

Anyone with a cell phone can text the number 847411 (TIP411). Start the text by typing RGV then the desired message. The entire message goes directly to a local DEA agent. The agent can then message back and forth in real time. Pictures and video can also be sent.