The Palestine Police Department launched PalPD Tips app for Android and iPhone devices that allows residents to send anonymous tips to the police and allows the police respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat.”
This capability is a new paradigm for creating safer communities — especially in reaching out to a younger age demographic, Lt. Jeff Powell, patrol commander, said in a news release.
“We’re proud to make this technology available to our citizens free of charge,” he said. “This tool, along with our existing tip411 program, will help our citizens play an active role in keeping neighborhoods safer. It will engage people of all ages in the process and it will save our agency time and resources.”
PalPD Tips app can be downloaded online at the Google Play store, iTunes or by visiting the Police Departments website atwww.cityofpalestinetx.com/tip411.php
Citizens also can send an anonymous tip to Palestine Police Department by texting the word PALPD and their tips to 847411. Anonymous Web tips can be submitted from the Police Departments website atwww.cityofpalestinetx . com/tip411.
CitizenObserver’s technology removes all identifying information before the police department sees it so there is no way to identify the sender.
“The department has received some useful tips since starting TIP411, both through the Web tip and the text functions, however, we have definitely been looking forward to bringing these applications to our citizens, due to the ease of sending tips through the apps,” Powell said.