Palo Alto Police Launches Anonymous Tip Service
The Palo Alto Police Department has joined forces with TipNow™ to launch a new service that will enable police to receive anonymous cell phone text messages and e-mail communications from the public. When a text message or e-mail is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, the TipNow service encrypts the sender's cell phone number or e-mail address and strips the message of any identifiable information. The message is then forwarded to police.
This new service allows the public to send a text or e-mail message to email@example.com and report what they are seeing or provide information about a case police may be investigating. The public can even attach photos and videos to the tip. The TipNow system encrypts the caller's cell phone number or e-mail message and forwards the tip on to the police. Investigative personnel can then access the message and determine the best course of action. Police can also respond anonymously to maintain two-way communications with the person providing the information.
TipNow does not replace 9-1-1 service, but is best used to send information regarding non-emergency suspicious activity or crimes under investigation.