SPD launches Android app for reporting tipsThe Superior Police Department recently launched an iPhone app to allow the public to share information anonymously with the department. The app, often coupled with Facebook alerts, has sparked positive community response.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
The Superior Police Department recently launched an iPhone app to allow the public to share information anonymously with the department. The app, often coupled with Facebook alerts, has sparked positive community response.
“We’ve seen a significant improvement in the number of tips we’ve gotten,” said Deputy Chief Nick Alexander. “And they’re good tips.” From purse snatchers and car prowlers to warrant arrests and fugitives, tips have come in.
“There are so many more eyes out there,” Alexander said.
An Android based app is now available.
The Superior Police Department is launching the app, named “SPDTip,” which enables the public to send anonymous tips to the police department. The police can respond back, and have an anonymous “chat”, if the tipster chooses to continue the dialog.
“SPDTip” puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of the community, according to Alexander.
This program works with the department’s existing text messaging service known as “tip411,” which is provided by a St. Paul, Minn.-based company named Citizen Observer. With “tip411,” the community has been able to make anonymous tips to police by texting the word “SPDTIP,” followed by the tip, to the number 847111 (TIP411). With “tip411” the public can also submit anonymous tips on the web by logging into the department’s tip page at http://www.citizenobserver.com/cov6/app/group.html?id=5500 and selecting “Submit a Tip.” This link is also available directly from the Superior Police Department’s web page at http://www.ci.superior.wi.us/index.aspx?
nid=174 under the “Anonymous Tips/Alerts” tab. The department’s phone tip line, 715-395-7468, is still available as well.
Starting today a new method of reporting tips to the Superior Police Department has been added with launching of the “SPDTip” Android app. This app works just like the previously released iPhone version, Alexander said.
All tips are received anonymously but it should be noted that this system is not monitored 24/7 so emergencies should still be reported to the standard “911” system.
Community members with Android based phones are encouraged to visit the Google Play Store to preview and get the app for their phones. Search for “SPDTip.”
Alexander said the department is proud to make this technology available to citizens free of charge. This tool, along with our existing tip reporting systems, will help our citizens play an active role in keeping their neighborhoods safer, engaging younger citizens in the process and saving the department time and resources.