For residents aware of a crime, or crimes taking place, but don't want to get involved, there is a new text and social media-based tip line that allows for a quick, totally anonymous connection to local police.
Rolled out on Tuesday by Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe, local police chiefs, the system -- tip411 -- allows anyone with a smartphone, tablet, standard cell phone or computer to anonymously text a tip to their local police department.
The app is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by visiting the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office website at rocklandgov.com .
The system will enable the public to send anonymous tips about crime, drugs, bullying and suspicious activity to their local police department with officers able to respond back, creating a two-way anonymous "chat."
There are three ways to do it:
- Send anonymous text tips: Send a text message to 847411 (tip411), then type the keyword ROCKLANDCODA , add a space, type your tip info and hit send.
- Submit anonymous tips using the free app: Download the RocklandCo DA app for iPhone and Android to submit anonymous tips from a smartphone or tablet.
- Use anonymous web tip from a computer: Visit the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office web page on rocklandgov.com .
"tip411 allows residents to not only submit tips but access agency alerts, our social media channels, important information and more to help fight crime from the palm of their hand with our new RocklandCo DA app," said Zugibe. "The system will be particularly useful for our most vulnerable residents, who may be reluctant to contact law enforcement."
The software was developed by CitizenObserver, a tech firm that provides web-based alerting tools to local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies in over 40 states. In Westchester County, 37 of 42 police agencies are successfully using the web tip program. The Yonkers Police Department launched tip411 in 2011.
“Giving the public the ability to anonymously communicate with police will allow people to provide key information without fear of reprisal,” said Zugibe. “tip411 will also help to alleviate a lack of witness cooperation, which has hampered the investigative process in many criminal cases.”
Funding for the program comes through asset forfeiture funds.
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