The Greenfield, IN Police Department (44 sworn officers) is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new mobile app, powered by tip411, to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts, and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone.
Officers can respond back to tipsters to create an anonymous two-way conversation.
Deputy Chief Charles McMichael says he’s encountered many citizens who are skeptical about giving a tip that could lead to an arrest, but this app cuts right through it.
“This system allows us to get that tip information whether it be an active case that we’re working or something that we don’t even know about yet, they can send us that information for us to start looking into. The great thing about this program is it’s completely anonymous. The software, when somebody submits a tip, it removes their name, their phone number, email address. It removes everything so we don’t see it,” McMichael said.
Listen to Deputy Chief McMichael radio interview about tip411 here:
McMichael says sometimes people are afraid to speak up when they are witness to a crime because they fear what may happen to them if they do. He hopes the app will help remove the public’s fear of retribution.
The Greenfield Police Department mobile app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store. Citizens can also submit an anonymous text tip via their cell phone by texting the keyword “GPDTIP” and their message/tip to 847411.