The Waltham Police Department will now accept anonymous tip submissions via text and the Internet, since the police have teamed up with the web-based alerting company CitizenObserver.
Tip411, one of the tools CitizenObserver provides, is an Internet-based tool that allows the general public to report crime using their cellphones and the Internet and lets police respond back, creating a two way anonymous chat.
Waltham Police Chief Thomas LaCroix said in a statement that he is excited about the new partnership.
“This new capability will help our citizens play an active role in keeping neighborhoods safer. It will engage a younger demographic in the process, and it will save our agency time and resources,” LaCroix said in prepared remarks. “We’re proud to be part of a national program that brings policing into the 21st century.”
LaCroix stressed the initiative’s importance and the anonymous nature of the tips.
“CitizenObserver’s technology removes all identifying information before the Department sees it so there’s no way to identify the sender,” he said. “It is truly 100 percent anonymous, yet still allows us to open a dialogue with the citizens… When someone feels afraid to come forward, or simply feels like they don’t want to get involved – this can be a great way to pass information on without fear of retribution.”
To submit tips anonymously through social media, citizens can:
• Text the keyword WPD and the tip information to 847411 (tip411)
• Click on “Submit a Tip” on the Waltham Police Department’s Facebook page
• Choose “Submit a Tip” on the Department’s website
• Via CitizenObserver’s website
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