The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has announced the launch of its new text to tip program, tip411. According to a news release, Tip411 is a new interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through email, text message, and online public safety alerts. Tip411 also allows the public to report crime tips and other suspicious activities directly to police by sending anonymous text messages from their cell phone or via a free smart phone app.

“We believe an informed community is a safer community,” said Lt. Chris Baldridge a spokesperson for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “The new tip411 system allows our office to engage with the public and share information that will help make Marion County a safer place.”

Members of the community can register to receive alerts from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office via email and/or text message to their cell phone by opting to receive neighborhood-specific or citywide alerts about public safety issues in their area. Community members are encouraged to
sign up online by visiting https://tip411site.wordpress.com/sign-up-for-alerts/

The public can also share information on crimes and other suspicious activity by sending an anonymous web or text tip to police. While not a replacement for dialing 911 in an emergency, those wishing to share information anonymously with police can simply text TipMCSO and their message to 847411 (tip411).

The new MCSO In The Know App for iPhone and Android from tip411 enables the public to share an anonymous tip with police and lets the officers respond back creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

The “MCSO In The Know” App and tip411 anonymous text a tip system are 100% anonymous, as the technology removes all identifying information before police see the tips and there is no way to identify the sender.

Those with questions, or who need help signing up for alerts, are asked to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 503-588-5094.