Date of release: August 21, 2018
West Kentucky Crime Stoppers is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app and texting service to help residents connect with local law enforcement agencies from their cellphone. Residents will be able to find information, view alerts, and submit secure anonymous tips about crimes or suspicious activity.
Developed by tip411, the WKY Crime Stoppers app puts a powerful new crime-fighting tool into the hands of community members of all ages. The app is available for download at no charge via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.
The public also can text message tips to police allowing the officers to respond creating an anonymous two-way conversation. To send an anonymous text tip to police using a cell phone, text the keyword WKY and the message/tip to 847411 (tip411).
“Our mission is to reduce crime and the fear of crime through outstanding police services in partnership with the community,” said Paducah Police Chief Brandon Barnhill. “The addition of this new app and texting service will allow us to have an even deeper partnership with our residents.”
West Kentucky Crime Stoppers Chairperson Pam Spencer said, “We believe the public is our greatest resource to law enforcement. The decision to engage the services of tip411 was based on expanding the opportunities for the public and police to share important information to keep our communities safe.”
“The WKY Crime Stoppers app and texting service will greatly improve the public’s access to agency alerts and social media channels while helping to fight crime,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch. “Using feedback from law enforcement partners, we have built a more advanced and innovative product to help police agencies better engage their communities.”
The WKY Crime Stoppers app and the texting system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips. There is no way to identify the sender.
Anonymous web tips also can be submitted through the West Kentucky Crime Stoppers website or by calling 270-443-TELL.
About West Kentucky Crime Stoppers: West Kentucky Crime Stoppers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been in existence since 1985. Its volunteer Board of Directors works with local police organizations and the public to enable the sharing of anonymous tips to increase the safety of the community.
About tip411: tip411 is a digital toolset for law enforcement, schools, and community groups that features innovative smartphone apps, anonymous text tips, group alerting, and secure social media publishing tools. tip411 helps agencies engage community members of all ages by enabling residents to share anonymous tips that can be responded to in real time by authorized personnel inside an agency or organization. Learn more at www.tip411.com.