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Marion County Sheriff’s kick off text to tip app

Marion County residents can now report crime tips via text message.

The new text-to-tip program, tip411, allows Marion County Sheriff’s Office to help connect with the community.

The program lets users report crime tips and suspicious activities by sending an anonymous text message from their cellphone or through a free app called MCSO In The Know.

“We believe an informed community is a safer community,” said Lt. Chris Baldridge,  Marion County Sheriff’s public information officer.

MCSO In The Know gives officers the ability respond back by creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

The technology utilized in the app removes identifying information from users before messages reach police.

In addition to the two-way text conversations, the sheriff’s office will inform registered app users of public safety alerts by sending emails, text messages and app alerts.

Anonymous crime tips can also be shared by sending by texting “TipMCSO” and their message to 847411, or tip411.

Read the full story from the Statesman Journal.

U.S. Marshals Announce tip411 for Northern Iowa

tip411 is helping law enforcement agencies across the country rethink how they engage with residents by fostering a feeling of trust and a sense of transparency between law enforcement and the community, but don’t just take our word for it:

“We believe the public is our greatest law enforcement resource. tip411 allows a safe and secure way for our residents to share important information with our investigators without the fear of retribution.”US Marshal Ken Runde

U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Press Release

tip411 includes not only anonymous text tips but also crime alerts via email and text message. tip411 has been successful in local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as in schools and universities.

We would like to invite you to schedule a short demonstration to learn about how our innovative new tip411 Version 7.0 can help your agency engage your citizens, create safer neighborhoods, and foster community and law enforcement relations.