For the first time mobile phone and computer users across Plymouth County now have the ability to provide anonymous trips through the power of text messaging and online web tips.
The Plymouth County Peace Officers Association has announced that the “Text A Tip” program has been in the works for several months and is now ready to receive information from the public. The service was launched by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office July 22.
The Plymouth county Sheriff’s Office Communications Center will be receiving the tips and will be disseminating the information to the respective jurisdictions in Plymouth County. Those agencies participating in the program are the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of Le Mars, Akron, Remsen, Merrill, Hinton and Kingsley.
“The popularity of text messaging has created a significant opportunity for the public to help law enforcement agencies fight crime,” said Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo in a press release. He encouraged everyone to report information about any illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale of drugs or about crimes that are being planned anywhere in Plymouth County.
Using “TipSoft”, “Text-A-Tip” information may be anonymously received and securely replied to with complete confidence, authorities said. The service was built specifically to allow text messaging to computer informants to remain anonymous by encrypting the text or online message.
To report a crime text 2746437, (CRIMES); enter 75TXT in the message field with your tip.
Authorities remind people not to text and drive.
For more information or questions on the Text A Tip program call Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office at 712-546-8191.