The Lynn Police Department has launched tip411, an internet based tool that enables the public to send text messages, anonymous tips and photographs to the Lynn Police. Tips received through the service will be reviewed and assigned to the appropriate section of the department that deals with the subject of the tip. The tipster can also allow the police to respond back to the tipster when the tip is reviewed. It should be noted that citizens should still call 911 in the case of an emergency or 781-595-2000 for non-emergency calls that may require some type of contemporaneous police response. Tips submitted using this new service will not be live monitored.
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 the community.
Anyone with a cell phone can now send an anonymous tip to the Lynn Police Department by texting the word tiplynn and the tip information to tip411 or 847411. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from the Police Department’s website at www.lynnpolice.org and clicking the submit a tip icon at the bottom of the tip411 web page.
Tip411is 100% anonymous: CitizenObserver’s technology removes all identifying information before the Police Department receives the tip so there’s no way to identify the sender.
According to Chief of Police Kevin Coppinger, “this capability is a new paradigm for creating safer communities – especially in 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’re proud to be part of a national program that agencies in over 27 States are currently active with. This new capability will help our citizens play an active role in keeping neighborhoods safer, it will engage younger segments of the population in the process, and it will save our agency time and resources. “
Councilor Richard Colucci, a strong proponent of this system, was instrumental in assisting the Police Department with the project. “When I first heard that today’s technology would allow our Police Department the capability to text message back and forth with an anonymous tipster, I thought it was a great idea. Now we’ve opened up a new resource for our citizens, especially the kids, to help solve or better yet prevent crimes before they happen.”
It should also be noted that the department has a regular phone tip line in service that is available for those wishing to remain anonymous, but who do not have text service or a computer. The phone number for this line is 781.477.4444. Recently added to this line was a Spanish language function that allows for those who speak Spanish only to leave tips.