Here's how to sign up for tip411

Posted 12/20/17

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has launched the tip411 alert system from Citizen Observer, a new interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through email, text message, and …

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Here's how to sign up for tip411

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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has launched the tip411 alert system from Citizen Observer, a new interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through email, text message, and online public safety alerts. However, some local residents are not sure how to sign up for tip411.

Tip411 also allows the public to report crimes and other suspicious activities directly to police by sending anonymous text messages from their cellphone or from a free smartphone app.

“We believe an informed community is a safer community,” said Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson. “The new tip411 system allows our department to engage with the public and share information that will help make the Cleveland and Bradley County community a safer place.”

Members of the community can register to receive alerts from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office via email and/or text message to their cellphone 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 www.bradleysheriff.com.

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

Those in the city of Cleveland can share information anonymously by texting the Cleveland Police Department and leaving their message to 847411.

The new “BradleyCo Sheriff” smartphone app for iPhone and Android from tip411 enables the public to share an anonymous tip with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, and allows deputies to respond, creating an anonymous two-way conversation.

The “BradleyCo Sheriff” App and tip411 anonymous text provide a way to report information in a 100 percent anonymous fashion, as the technology removes all identifying information before the BCSO sees the tips, and there is no way to identify the sender.

“This system has been successful in communities across the U.S.,” said Terry Halsch, president of tip411. “Departments have been helped tremendously by members of the public who have sent anonymous text messages to law-enforcement agencies with important information that often leads to arrests.”

Those with questions, or who need help signing up for alerts, are asked to contact the Bradley County Sheriff Office’s Director of Communications, Lt. James Bradford at 423-728-7300 or Sgt. Evie West, public information officer for the Cleveland Police Department at 423-476-7511.

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