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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.

Read the full story from The Patch

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Apply for Grant Funding to Bring tip411 to Your Community’s Schools

$10,000,000 is currently up for grabs through a grant program to increase school safety and prevent school violence through the STOP School Violence Grant Program!  Specifically mentioned in the program description is the goal to:

Develop and implement threat assessment and/or intervention teams to operate technology solutions such as anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and websites. These teams must coordinate with law enforcement agencies and school personnel.

tip411 School Edition is uniquely positioned to satisfy this particular requirement and more. In fact, tip411 School Edition is the solution exclusively recommended by the Onondaga County, NY School Safety Task Force to help increase school safety.

Please reach out to us immediately if you are interested in applying so that we can assist you to the best of our abilities. The application deadline is March 3rd, 2020 with an implementation date of October 1st, 2020.

Columbia Falls Montana Police Tip411

New smart phone app helps Columbia Falls PD communicate with residents

A new app on your smartphone will help Columbia Falls residents and police work closer together.

The Columbia Falls Police Department is partnering with tip411 to create a new Columbia Falls PD app.

The app will allow Columbia Falls residents to connect with police, find information and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone. Columbia Falls Police Chief Clint Peters says the apps are available for both iPhone and Android and is free and easy to download.

“If you have an apple phone or an android it doesn’t matter the app is there,” said Peters. “If you can’t find it simply just search Columbia Falls Police Department, hit search, it’s the … (first) thing that pops up, it has our badge on there easily identifiable, download it and you can see the tips and you can see how you to communicate back and forth once you gave a tip.”

Based out of Minnesota, tip411 have been in business for more than 20 years, serving 1,800 jurisdictions across the country. This includes law enforcement, schools and the United States Air Force.

Tip411 account manager Logan Buhr said the app allows residents to remain totally anonymous while providing police tips. “Have a two-way conversation with law enforcement officials while protecting their identity and provide what information they have to help make their community safer.”

Chief Peters says the department has been working to implement and train for the new app. He added the simple to use smart phone application allows younger generations easier access to communicate with law enforcement.

“This gives people an opportunity to reach out. We’re reaching out through media … already. This is just another avenue that maybe we can get that younger generation, that this is how they communicate, this is how we figure we can best reach them,” said Peters.

Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through Columbia Falls Police Departments website . Residents without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone by texting keyword CFPD — and their tip — to 847411.

See the full story from KPAX.com

Help Fight Crime Johnstown Police

City police add alert system app to better communicate with public

Tips to and from Johnstown Police Department are now just a click away.

Through a program developed by Minnesota-based CitizenObserver, Johnstown police are launching Tip411 – an interactive alert system “app” that enables both the police and public to alert one another about important public safety issues, police Captain Chad Miller said.

Options such as Push Out the Pusher and the department’s Facebook page have been valuable for tips, Miller said, but people are more comfortable sending a text or photo than leaving a telephone message or identifying themselves on social media.

Because Tip411’s program software doesn’t collect IP addresses, phone numbers or any other identifiers, police only receive messages – unless a tipster decides to offer that information, the company’s creators said.

“We believe an informed community is a safer community,” Miller said.

Johnstown Police serve the city, Dale Borough, Middle Taylor and West Taylor townships. Through the downloadable “app” – or an anonymous text to “tip411” (847-411) – residents can quickly and anonymously send officers tips on unsolved crimes or report drug deals and other suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

Johnstown Police, meanwhile, can respond to those messages – and post their own “alerts” about incidents such as missing person cases.

It’s a system that’s found crime-solving success in communities such as Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Works elsewhere

Atlantic City Police Department launched the alert system in 2013, Atlantic City Police Sgt. Kevin Fair said.

Back then, the New Jersey department was dealing with a common trend, striving to solve a surging number of street crimes while tips from the public through 911 seemed to be dwindling, police said at the time.

By turning to a third party vendor to manage the system, an environment was developed through Tip411 “for those who want to report a crime to be able to do it without being identified,” Fair told The Tribune-Democrat on Wednesday.

Atlantic City police received 226 tips the first year the alert system was active, he added.

By 2018, the tips had grown to 4,213, Fair said.

“We’ve had people send us messages, pictures and video that have been valuable to our investigations,” he said. “And because of the way the message is collected and delivered (to the department), we don’t know who sent it,” he said.

Signing up

Cincinnati Police Department used its app to notify the public about a missing 60-year-old man with dementia on Monday. A few days earlier, police reached out to the public to help them identify suspects in a city robbery.

In Johnstown, people interested in receiving updates can download the app on both Android and iPhone devices. Links for both phones are provided at www.tip411.com/agencies/johnstownpapd/groups/22072through icons on the left hand side of the page.

People can also text the department by messaging 847-411 with the abbreviation “JPD” in front of the message.

A “tip” link has also been added to the department’s webpage, www.cityofjohnstownpa.net/police

Miller said the program is not meant to replace 911.

Incidents and emergencies such as injuries, vehicle accidents and crimes in progress should be reported directly to 911, he said.

“This isn’t always going to be a 24-7 monitored line. If something occurs that requires immediate assistance, call 911,” Miller said. “What we’re looking for (through tip411) is tips to crimes already committed.”

Johnstown Police are the first department in the region to add the tip411 system.

“We’re trying to lead the way here, when it comes to the way policing is heading in the 21st century,” Miller said.