The Hermiston Police Department is increasing its crime-fighting arsenal with a new app to help residents connect with the department to find information, view alerts, and submit anonymous tips from their smartphone.
Developed by tip411, the Hermiston PD app puts a powerful new tool into the hands of community members of all ages. Hermiston PD is available for download for free via the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store or on our website at www.hermiston.or.us/police.
“In partnership with our diverse community, our mission is to create and maintain a safe environment with the reduction of crime through problem-oriented and community-based policing strategies,” said Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston. “We believe our new Hermiston PD app from tip411 will help us do just that by working together with our residents to maintain a high quality of life for those who live and visit our community.”
The Hermiston PD app enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and allows officers respond back to create an anonymous two-way conversation. This can include photos and videos.
“We’ve listened to feedback from partners like the Hermiston Police Department and have built a more advanced and innovative product to help departments better engage their communities,” said tip411 President Terry Halsch. “The Hermiston PD app will greatly improve the public’s access to agency alerts, social media channels, important information, and more to help fight crime.”
The Hermiston PD app and tip411 text a tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips. There is no way to identify the sender if they wish to remain anonymous.
Those without a smartphone can share information with police by sending an anonymous text tip via their cell phone to police by texting keyword HPDTIP and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted via the department’s website at www.hermiston.or.us/HPDTips.
tip411 is a digital toolset for law enforcement that features anonymous tip capabilities via apps, text messaging, and the web as well as group alerting and secure social media publishing tools. Used in over 2,000 communities, tip411 helps agencies engage community members of all ages by enabling anyone with a cell phone to send anonymous tips that can be responded to in real time by authorized personnel inside an agency or organization. Learn more at www.tip411.com or by following @tip411CO on Twitter and Facebook.