Tipton County, TN - DRUG FREE TIPTON Announces New tip411 Public Safety Alert System New safety initiative allows law enforcement and public to communicate via email and text Free app allows residents to send anonymous tips directly to police from their smartphone.
Tipton County, TN - Drug Free Tipton is launching the tip411 alert system, a new 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 law enforcement by sending anonymous text messages from their cell phone or via a free smartphone app.
Citizens of the community can register to receive alerts via email and/or text message to their cell phone by opting to receive neighborhood-specific or countywide alerts about public safety issues in their area. Community members are encouraged to sign up online by visiting www.drugfreetipton.org.
The public can also share information on crimes and other suspicious activity by sending an anonymous web or text tip to police. While not a replacement for dialing 911 in an emergency, those wishing to share information anonymously with law enforcement can simply text "Tipton" and their message to 847411 (tip411) from their cellphone.
The new "TIPTON TIPS" App for iPhone and Android from tip411 enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation. "The App can be located in the app store of your mobile device" said Sierra Butler, Program Coordinator for Drug Free Tipton.
The TIPTON TIPS App and tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender. This allows YOU to report suspicious activity that may PREVENT and/or SOLVE crimes in your neighborhood.
"We believe an informed community is a safer community," said Robin Racine, Director of Drug Free Tipton. "The new tip411 system allows law enforcement to engage with the public and share information that will help make Tipton County a safer place."
"In today's society current events and information are increasingly distributed across multiple news, media, internet and social media platforms, and public awareness of current events is at an all time high. Law enforcement often needs to get citizen involvement in certain cases where time is of the essence and information is promptly needed. Members of the community often have vital information, but may be reluctant to come forward. The tip411 alert system will allow and encourage those citizens to report suspicious activity, identification of suspects and other key information in a safe, confidential, and real-time manner. This will improve the likelihood of the timely and successful apprehension and prosecution of criminal offenders in Tipton County. We are thankful to Drug Free Tipton for giving citizens a wonderful tool to use, and we are confident that tip411 will have a positive impact on public safety in Tipton County." said Mark E. Davidson, District Attorney General.
"This technology is another way to obtain help from our citizens in making our communities safe. tip411 will be of great assistance to law enforcement in helping us do our job. The Covington Police Department is proud to be involved. We look forward to being a part of this endeavor." said Chief Buddy Lewis, Chief of Police.
"tip411 will be an invaluable crime-fighting tool here in Covington and Tipton County. It's a user-friendly way to empower our residents to look out for one another in a safe, anonymous way. It will also empower citizens to keep Covington and Tipton County safer! Through the use of the phone app or with a few simple words in a text message, crimes can be reported and criminals can be arrested. I'm so thankful to Drug Free Tipton and its staff for acquiring this tool for our citizens," said Justin Hanson, Covington Mayor.
"I want to thank Drug Free Tipton for their partnership in funding and launching tip411 in Tipton County. tip411 will be a great tool for our youth and citizens to simply download the app and take ownership in making their schools and communities safer," said Sheriff J.T. "Pancho" Chumley. "It is proven that communication between law enforcement and our citizens is vital in keeping our roadways safe, preventing and solving crime, and responding to the needs throughout Tipton County. This is an exciting way to utilize technology through tip411, which will allow real-time responses to tips and help us serve our community better," added Sheriff J.T. "Pancho" Chumley.
"tip411 is a great vehicle to improve law enforcement's capability to get leads about serious crimes that deal with public safety. This technology allows our community to broaden its efforts to detect and report crime. Great work Drug-Free Tipton!" added County Executive Jeff Huffman, Tipton County.
Those with questions, or who need help signing up for alerts, are asked to Contact Drug Free Tipton at 901.378-0545 or www.drugfreetipton.org, your local Police Department (901-475-1261 or 901-476-0243) or the Tipton County Sheriff's Office (901-475-3300)