ONONDAGA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY LAUNCHES TIP 411
AN ANONYMOUS WEB TIP PROGRAM
FOR RELEASE: December 2, 2015
Onondaga County District Attorney William J. Fitzpatrick announced today an anonymous web tip program - TIP411, which will allow anyone with a smartphone, tablet, standard cell phone or computer to text in a tip all local police departments in Onondaga County.
"This is real time reporting of incidents as they occur in our county and can be responded to in a timely manner," District Attorney Fitzpatrick said. "No longer will the citizens of this county have to call a phone number and hope to find someone to take the information, but will allow all law enforcement agencies in this county to be getting information as it is taking place," Fitzpatrick added.
The Onondaga County Crime Tips app is available for both Android and iPhone devices and will enable the public to send anonymous tips to their local police departments with the officer able to respond back, creating a two way anonymous "chat."
Participating agencies include the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office along with the: Baldwinsville Police Department, Camillus Police Department, Cicero Police Department, DeWitt Police Department, Geddes Police Department, Jordan Police Department, Liverpool Police Department, Manlius Police Department, Marcellus Police Department, North Syracuse Police Department, Skaneateles Police Department, Solvay Police Department and Syracuse Police Department. In addition to the local police agencies, the New York State Police (Troop D), Onondaga Community College, Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University Department of Public Safety all participating in this program.
The TIP411 app is 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to track the sender.
"This system has been successful in over 1,400 communities across the United States," said Terry Halsch, President of TIP411. "Agencies have been helped tremendously by members of the public who have sent anonymous messages to police with important information that often leads to arrests."