Citizens, law enforcement to communicate through new tip program - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Citizens, law enforcement to communicate through new tip program

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Jackson and the Jackson Police Department are launching a new program that will help the public easily communicate with law enforcement.

Mayor Tony Yarber and Chief Lee Vance are proud to announce that on October 15, JPD will launch an anonymous tip program called Tip411.

Tip411 is a free web-based tool that allows citizens and law enforcement officials to communicate anonymously through text messaging or web based entry on the tip411 site.

Text messaging has become the communication medium of choice for many people, especially among a younger demographic.

This is why, according to JPD, Tip411 will help community members of all ages to communicate by enabling anyone with a cell phone to text anonymous tips that can be responded to by authorized personnel.

In addition, tip411 also includes the ability to receive tips anonymously via the web.

Tip411 also gives the city and JPD the ability to create public target groups for neighborhood associations, businesses, and any other public groups within the community that opts in to join.

JPD says that these groups would manage their own profiles and contact lists.

For example, a neighborhood association could opt in to a target group and be made aware of any alerts or threats that directly affect their area. 

In addition, the Tip411 system allows JPD to send geographically targeted alert information to a specific location or area for all citizens that have opted in to using the Tip411 system.

Chief Lee Vance says that he believes that Tip411 will be an asset to JPD and will provide them another avenue to receive information that could possibly lead to arrests, prevent crimes, and ultimately save lives.

JPD says that Mayor Yarber has expressed his excitement about the Tip411 program.

"Tip411 gives the city and JPD the opportunity to give our citizens a safe place to relay information which will help us raise the quality of life in our city," says Mayor Yarber. "Ultimately, this program empowers our citizens with the ability to be catalysts for change and progression."

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