Trumann police implement new public safety app

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sometimes crimes go unreported. Sometimes they are reported years later. The Trumann Police Department is making it easier to report crimes anonymously by implementing the Quiktip app.

According to Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson, several people don't report crimes out of fear of retaliation. "I want to give them another option aside from a phone call," Henson said.

The Quiktip app, which is downloadable to any Apple or Android device and is also available online at www.quiktip.info, allows people to anonymously submit tips to the police department. "This goes directly to our dispatch screens," Henson said. "It's real-time, so it's not sitting on a shelf somewhere. Within seconds, it's in front of someone's eyes."

Henson said officers are also equipped with the app and can receive the tips from dispatch and message the tipster while maintaining their anonymity. The app also allows people to send photos.

"Any time we can get closer to the community in real time, rather than after the fact, it's always valuable, even if the caller doesn't think it is," Henson said.

For the full article, pick up the 6-4-15 edition of the Poinsett County Democrat Tribune or read the paper digitally with an online subscription at: http://poinsettcountytribune.ar.newsmemory.com/

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