KENTUCKY (KFVS) - A new West Kentucky Crime Stoppers app will help residents connect with local law enforcement agencies from their cellphones.
Residents will be able to find information, view alerts and submit secure anonymous tips about crimes or suspicious activity.
The WKY Crime Stoppers app was developed by tip411 and is a power crime-fighting tools in the hands of community members of all ages. The app is available for download "free" from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store.
The public can also text tips to police, allowing officers to respond with an anonymous two-way conversation. To send an anonymous text tip to police using a cell phone, text the keyword WKY and the message/tip to 847411 (tip411).
"Our mission is to reduce crime and the fear of crime through outstanding police services in partnership with the community," said Paducah Police Chief Brandon Barnhill. "The addition of this new app and texting service will allow us to have an even deeper partnership with our residents."
West Kentucky Crime Stoppers Chairperson Pam Spencer said, "We believe the public is our greatest resource to law enforcement. The decision to engage the services of tip411 was based on expanding the opportunities for the public and police to share important information to keep our communities safe."
"The WKY Crime Stoppers app and texting service will greatly improve the public's access to agency alerts and social media channels while helping to fight crime," said tip411 President Terry Halsch. "Using feedback from law enforcement partners, we have built a more advanced and innovative product to help police agencies better engage their communities."
The WKY Crime Stoppers app and the texting system are 100% anonymous. All identifying information is removed before the police see the tips.
Anonymous web tips also can be submitted through the West Kentucky Crime Stoppers website at www.wkytips.org or by calling 270-443-TELL.