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Sanford Police Department Offers Public Anonymous Text Tip Line

Sanford Police Department Offers Public Anonymous Text Tip Line

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 Sanford Police Department Offers Public Anonymous Text Tip Line

Sanford, Maine – The Sanford Police Department has partnered with Sanford Regional Communications Center to offer a service known as “Text-a-Tip,” that allows the public to anonymously submit information to the Police Department.
Sanford Police Chief Tom Connolly states: “Text-a-Tip will allow people to report any suspicious activity to the police. Additionally, people may send information about crimes that may happen, or crimes that happened in the past.”
“We are especially excited about how Text-a-Tip may help us to prevent or interdict underage drinking and drug use among one of our most vulnerable populations – our children. For example, we hope that someone who knows the location of an underage drinking party will use the anonymous Text-a-Tip service to alert the police,” said the Chief.
Chief Connolly notes that Text-a-Tip should not replace dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency. A tip submitted via text or online may not be viewed immediately; if you need immediate police service, or if you see a crime happening right now, dial 9-1-1.
The Text-a-Tip service allows a tipster and the investigator to have a two-way dialog while keeping the tipster's identity completely anonymous. When a tip is submitted it is routed to a server in Canada where it is stripped of its identifying information and assigned a temporary number. The information is then directed to the Sanford Police Department. Officers can respond by using the tip’s assigned number, but they cannot trace who sent the tip unless the person volunteers that information. Access to the tip line can be managed and any abuse will result in responsible parties being blocked from future use.
There are three ways to submit an anonymous tip: 1.) Text the keyword SANFORD and your tip to CRIMES (274637); 2.) Download the TipSubmit Mobile app on a smartphone and choose Sanford Police for your agency when you submit a tip; and 3.) Submit a tip online athttps://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1252
The service is funded by Maine’s Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program and is provided by Public Engines, a company dedicated to helping prevent, reduce, and solve crime with easy-to-use, cloud-based solutions that facilitate crime analysis, supply actionable intelligence, and increase public engagement. Users include over 600 Crime Stoppers Programs, law enforcement and government agencies such as the NYPD and the LAPD, nine of the ten largest metro areas in both the U.S. and Canada including Chicago, Houston, Toronto, and Vancouver, as well as the US Department of Homeland Security.
Strategies for a Stronger Sanford, as part of the organization’s Drug Free Communities initiative to prevent substance abuse among youth, worked with the police department to bring the service to Sanford. Strategies for a Stronger Sanford is a nonprofit organization working to ensure a strong future for the area by supporting children, youth and their families through fostering a shared community vision and promoting the development of a safe, healthy, and thriving community.

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