Rowlett Police Department launches anonymous crime tip program

ROWLETT (KYTX) - The Rowlett Police Department is launching "tip411," an Internet-based tool that enables the public to send a text message anonymously to the police and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous "chat."

Reserved exclusively for public safety purposes and powered by CitizenObserver, a St. Paul MN company, tip411 puts a powerful new crime fighting tool into the hands of our community for all ages and demographics.

"We're proud to be part of a national program that benefits over 1,000 communities around the country. This new capability will help our citizens play an active role in keeping neighborhoods safer, it will engage a younger demographic in the process, and it will save our agency time and resources," Lt. David Nabors said.

Rowlett PD now offers four ways to send anonymous tips to the department 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. Citizens with smart phones are encouraged to visit either the iTunes store for the IPhone app or Google Play for the Android app and then search for RowlettPD Tip to download the app. For citizens without a smart phone you can send an anonymous tip by texting the word ROWLETT and the tip information to 847411. Lastly anonymous tips can be submitted directly from the Police Department's website. Links to the applications and web based access to Rowlett PD Tips are located in the quick link section on the right hand side of the police department's front page. http://www.rowlett.com/index.aspx?nid=17

Rowlett PD Tips is 100 percent anonymous. CitizenObserver's technology removes all identifying information before the Police Department sees it so there is no way to identify the sender.

Chief Brodnax: "This technology is a new paradigm for creating safer communities – especially reaching out to a younger age demographic. When someone feels afraid to come forward, or simply feels like they don't want to get involved – this can be a great way to pass information on without fear of retribution."

 We are providing this service at no cost to our citizens. Please call 911 to report a crime that is in progress. This service is to report information on a crime that was previously committed.


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