The Mandan Police Department recently launched tip411, a mobile app that allows citizens to share crime tips anonymously with police. While the tool is new to Mandan, Bismarck’s had it at its fingertips since January.

“Without the community we don’t solve a lot of our crimes, so we’re just providing them a better and easier way to provide that information to us anonymously,” said Mandan Police Lt. Pat Haug, noting tips called in by phone are almost a thing of the past.

Once a tip is received through the app, officers can respond, thus creating a two-way conversation in which the tipster remains anonymous.

App users will also be able to access the agency's alerts and social media channels, as well as other pertinent information to help fight crime.

“It gives us the ability to push out alerts to our citizens … it gives us the opportunity to receive information in and get it out to our detectives and our patrol officers almost instantaneously,” said Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler, stressing it’s “completely” anonymous.

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The app also allows Bismarck and Mandan to work more closely together, as tips and information can be shared easily between the two departments, according to Haug, who said he hopes tip411 will be successful in engaging youth.

“This is going to allow us to reach out to the younger generation,” he said. “This is something we’ll be able to use in the schools, for the students to provide us tips for things going on within the schools or the community.”

To download Mandan’s tip411 to your mobile device, search “Mandan PD” in the app store, or visit www.mandanpd.com. The app is available at no cost.

Citizens without a smartphone can share information anonymously with Mandan police by texting “MANDANPD” and their tip to 847411. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department’s website listed above.

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(Reach Cheryl McCormack at 701-250-8264 or cheryl.mccormack@bismarcktribune.com.)​