MPD launches new app to send anonymous tips

Your mobile device is now a crime fighting tool.

The Minneapolis Police Department has launched MPD Tip 411, a new app and texting service that allows people to send anonymous tips with their mobile devices to the police department .

Both options provide anonymous two-way interaction between the tipster and the MPD. Folks can also access MPD Tip 411 on the MPD website and MPD Facebook page.

The MPD is encouraging people to use the app or to send a text message if they have information on cold cases, drug activity, homicides, robberies, or want to share any other information that they think will be useful to the MPD in solving or even preventing crimes. Tipsters are encouraged to include as much detailed information as they can as that helps the MPD determine if the tip pertains to a particular case or an active investigation.

How to download and text

The MPD Tip 411 app is free for iPhone and Android devices and available in the App Store and Google Play.

How it works

Tips will come into the City’s Strategic Information Center (SIC). They will review the information, respond and/or forward tip to appropriate investigative unit, who will then respond back.

To send a tip via text message, text MPD plus your tip (include a space between MPD and your tip) to 847 411 (Tip 411). Tipsters can also send pictures with their tips. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your cell phone plan.

100% Anonymous 

No cell number, no IP address, and no email addresses are collected. All information is encrypted and no data is stored. When a tip comes in, it is assigned a 6-digit number… that is it. “What you see, is what you get!”

What MPD Tip 411 App is not for

The app is not a replacement for calling 911. If you have an emergency or need an emergency responder, call 911.The app is also not meant to replace the City’s 311system nor meant to report on chronic neighborhood crime and livability concerns.

Published Oct 25, 2013