A Press Release from New London Police Department
The New London Police Department (NLPD) has introduced a new Tip411 mobile application and social media tool to make it easier and more efficient for anonymous tipsters to report crimes in the community.
Administered through a partnership with CitizenObserver, a web-based community policing solution, NLPD is providing residents with various new ways to report incidents while also ensuring the public’s anonymity. To report an anonymous tip, New London citizens can now send a text message, download an application for an Android or iPhone, or send a tip via Facebook by clicking “Submit A Tip” on the NLPD’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewLondonPolice.
Once the tip is received, a message will automatically be sent to New London police supervisors, who can communicate back to the tipster through CitizenObserver without ever knowing the tipster’s identity.
“The City of New London will continue to use the newest technologies to enhance our approach to law enforcement,” said Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio. “I believe this new 411-app will aide our ongoing efforts to make New London the safest city in Connecticut.”
To send an anonymous tip to the NLPD, citizens may use one of three methods:
- Text the word NLPDTip and the message to 847411 (tip411);
- Download the free application through the App Store, which would allow to send the tip without texting;
- Click on the “Submit a Tip” button on the NLPD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NewLondonPolice.
"Modern times require modern policing techniques,” said Deputy Chief Peter Reichard, New London Police Department. “Because society has become mobile and people are on the go, they rely on technology for day to day communication; the methods police use to communicate with the public has changed too.”
Unlike CopLogic, the web-based incident reporting tool that was introduced by NLPD last year, Tip411 is completely confidential and anonymous. CopLogic is a way to formally report certain incidents to the police department and an opportunity for citizens to receive their incident report via email. Tip411 and CopLogic, as well as other programs that have been instituted by NLPD over the past four years, are designed to provide police officers and citizens with greater access to information through advanced technology.
Recognizing that police officers cannot be in every place at every moment, as well as having respect for citizens’ busy schedules, NLPD continues to move forward with various efforts and looks forward to future releases of other programs being developed.
“Through the Tip411 program police now have real time contact with members of the community that are able to anonymously report crimes from their mobile devices,” added Deputy Chief Reichard. “The ability of Tip411 to create open lines of communication between the public and police has enhanced the capabilities of the New London Police Department."
For more information about Tip411 or other safety programs for the City of New London, please contact the New London Police Department at 860.447.5269