A Winnebago County Sheriff's Department program, introduced this summer, is already working well. That's according to county leaders. It may be because "Text 2 Tip" puts crime fighting power at your fingertips.
This program was introduced in June and the sheriff's department already has hundreds of responses, from noise complaints to one that helped investigators with a murder case in a different county. But, most of these tips are aimed at a specific area of crime.
"The vast majority of them are for narcotics-related issues and I think that just speaks to the volume of the problem of narcotics throughout the city of Rockford and that spills over into the rural areas." -says Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers.
Sheriff Meyers estimates that this program has helped police make several dozen arrests.
"There's probably been a half a dozen or better drug arrests that have been made because of that." -he adds.
The program is free. You use a cell phone to text any crime-related information, but your phone number stays anonymous. Police look into each tip. Sheriff Meyers thinks the department's received 500 to 600 of them since the program started. He says with today's technology, "Text 2 Tip" serves a great purpose in Winnebago County.
"It's like putting together a piece of a puzzle. In it of itself, this one piece may not have a value, but if it's the last piece of that puzzle, the value is hard to describe."
The "Text 2 Tip" number is 847411, or TIP 411.
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