Citizens in or around Cherokee, can now send Text and Web Tips through the Cherokee Indian Police Department and TipSoft from CrimeReports.
For the first time, mobile phone users in or around Cherokee now have the ability to provide anonymous crime fighting tips through the power of anonymous text messaging and WebTips. Information may be anonymously received and securely replied to with complete confidence.
“The popularity of text messaging has created a significant opportunity for the public to help law enforcement agencies fight crime to help keep our community safe,” said Cherokee Chief of Police Ben Reed. “This program is being utilized by law enforcement agencies across the country. There is no doubt that anonymous SMS (Text) and WEB reporting can help us solve crimes.”
The service was built specifically to allow text messaging informants to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages and routing them through several secure servers, protecting the personal details of the informant.
• TipSoft SMS also allows police to respond by text message to the originating cell phone without ever knowing the identity of the individual who left the tip.
• The user’s information is always given an alias and a unique ID before being sent.
• This secure application allows the tipster and the investigator to have two-way dialog while always keeping the user’s identity completely anonymous.
• Although the tip is sent to CIPD immediately, this program should not be used to report emergencies. If there is an emergency and you or someone needs help, please CALL 911.
The Cherokee Indian Police Department related that they encourage everyone to report information about any illegal activity, such as crimes against children, unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, drug sales, drug use, and information about crimes that are being planned in the community or schools.
*To report anonymous crime tips to the Cherokee Indian Police Department through the WEB reporting service, type https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=864 in your web browser, or click this link.
*To report anonymous crime tips to the Cherokee Indian Police Department through SMS, txt key word SAFEREZ then your tip info, to the number 274637 or CRIMES
*Please note: NOT all phones have the same number/letter format. The number 274637 may not spell out “CRIMES” on all phones.
– Source: Cherokee Indian Police Dept.